Dr Max Long
Max Long’s research is focused on the history of popular science, agriculture, and the environment in twentieth-century Britain, emphasising how mass media impacted on public attitudes about the natural world.
Max’s academic interests include:
- Cultural history
- Environmental history
- Media history
- History of science.
- BA, Oxon.
- MPhil, Cantab.
- PhD, Cantab.
Awards and prizes
- William T. Stearn Essay Prize, Society for the History of Natural History.
- Runner-up, Alexander Prize, Royal Historical Society.
Max Long is a historian of mass media, the environment, and public science in modern Britain. His research to date has centred on film and radio in the interwar period (1914-1939), exploring their role in reshaping popular ideas about nature. His next research project will investigate how agricultural knowledge circulated in Britain and its empire between 1880 and 1960.
He teaches undergraduate topics on modern Britain, and has led several public engagement projects, including Secrets of Nature, an interactive website about a popular series of natural history films from the 1920s.
Wild orchids, walking, television.
Publications, links and resources
- ‘“Accustomed to female domination”: Women, mass media and animal intimacy in interwar Britain’, Environmental History, 27 (2022), pp. 140-154, https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/717440.
- ‘Cultural History and Modern Science’, The Historical Journal, 65 (2022), pp. 856-868, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X2100042X.
- ‘The ciné-biologists: natural history film and the co-production of knowledge in interwar Britain’, British Journal for the History of Science, 53 (2020), pp. 527-551, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007087420000370.
- ‘Light, Vision and Observation in Norman Nicholson’s Topographical Notes’, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 96 (2020), pp. 133-148, https://doi.org/10.7227/BJRL.96.2.7.