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Nature's Metropolis by William Cronon
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really liked it
bookshelves: melony-office

If I was more into the Midwest I would have given this title another star. Even so, the perspective of the mid to late 19th century conversion of the Midwest from natural landscape to a completely extracted farm was enlightening. Excruciating, but enlightening. The prairies were plowed under on farms made possible by converting the great northern forests to lumber. Chicago markets and finance made it all possible.

The voraciousness of markets and the shortsighted lure of profits today spell doom and destruction for natural and wild landscapes. The 19th century mindset held no conception that the natural world was a limited resource. And one that is necessary to the maintenance of life.

How does the culture get changed to become aware and develop some reverence for the natural world? Books like this help.

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Reading Progress

April 11, 2014 – Shelved
April 11, 2014 – Shelved as: melony-office
March 20, 2019 – Started Reading
November 4, 2019 – Finished Reading

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