Richard Maguire

Richard Maguire


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 I studied for my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Warwick before serving as an officer in the Royal Air Force. Having left HM service I studied for my MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia and was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer until 2015. I now run my own business and also research and write history, as well as teaching at UEA. 


Key Research Interests and Expertise

My current research focus is the history of people of African descent in East Anglia from the late medieval period to the twentieth century.

My research covers three core questions relating to the history of these Africans in East Anglia.

  • What were the lives of Africans in provincial England like during the early modern and modern periods?
  • How, where, and when did they arrive in rural counties?
  • How were they perceived by their contemporaries? 

In thinking about these questions I look at the complexity of these Africans' historical experience, considering the interaction of local custom, class structure, tradition, memory, and the gradual impact of the Atlantic slaving economy, capitalism, and Enlightenment thought on their situation. I have created an extensive database about the lives of Africans who lived in provincial England (specifically East Anglia) during the period from 1467 to 1930 and I am using this material to examine how these migrants arrived in the region, how they were received, where they lived, what work they did, and so on. I have also carried out research on the interaction of the region with the transatlantic economy generally and of plantation ownership by people from the region.

My new book on the topic Africans in East Anglia, 1467-1833 has now been published by Boydell & Brewer as part of their Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History (Volume 41).

My other publications on this topic include:

  • ‘Harbord, Edward, third Baron Suffield (1781–1835) (Abolitionist)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford, forthcoming 2022).
  • ‘The Black Middle Class in nineteenth and early twentieth century Norfolk’, Norfolk Archaeology, XLVII, 2017, pp.511-522.
  • ‘Minns, Allan Glaisyer (1858–1930)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016).
  • ‘Presenting the History of Africans in Provincial Britain: Norfolk as a Case Study’, History, 99, 2014, pp.819–838.

Aside from this area, I also have researched and published in the fields of Cold War military history, the interwar history of Germany, Russia and Britain, and genocide studies.


Academic Background

Ph.D. Modern History; University of East Anglia (2005)

M.A.  Modern History, The State in Modern Europe, University of East Anglia (2001)

(B.A. Hons) Modern History, University of Warwick (1989)


Research Group Membership

Research Projects and Grants

Cold War Anglia 1/29/2013  -  31/1/2014 Arts and Humanities Research Council

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of Arts, University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989