This historical project explores how the ocean was defined, observed and imagined in the 1920s and 1930s. It uses the definition of particular spaces in the ocean - such as coral reefs and deep water life - as a focus for understanding a key period in modern oceanography, ecology and natural history.
In this era, the wider context for marine scientific work included the development of the Pacific after World War One, the rise of internationalism, the popular audience for biology, and the rapid development of both fisheries research and ecology. This will become Like other studies in the history of ecology and the environment, this project investigates how ideas about natural worlds – here, watery ones – shaped and were shaped by modern cultural and political life.
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