Richard Maguire

Richard Maguire


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Personal profile


 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 continue to research and write history, as well as teaching at UEA on a part-time basis. 


Key Research Interests

My most recent work has looked at the history of people of African descent in East Anglia from the late medieval period to the twentieth century, considering their lives and experience in provincial England during the early modern and modern periods. I am especially interested in how, where, and when they arrived in the region; and how they were perceived by their contemporaries. My overall suggestion is that we should look at them as members of the working class and reflect on how their specific stories can be understood as an essential element of the story of that wider working-class community.

  1. Africans in East Anglia, 1467-1833 (Boydell & Brewer 2021) (Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History Volume 41). 
  2. 'Harbord, Edward, third Baron Suffield (1781–1835) (Abolitionist)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford, forthcoming 2022).
  3. ‘The Black Middle Class in nineteenth and early twentieth century Norfolk’ Norfolk Archaeology, XLVII, 2017, pp.511-522.
  4. ‘Minns, Allan Glaisyer (1858–1930)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016).
  5. ‘Presenting the History of Africans in Provincial Britain: Norfolk as a Case Study’ History, 99, 2014, pp.819–838.

My research in the modern era focuses on the role of the state, the Cold War, nuclear weapons, and genocide. 

  1. ‘Nuclear Weapons and Genocide: Lessons from 1940’ in The Routledge History of Genocide, Carmichael, C. (ed.) & Maguire, R. (ed.) (London: Routledge, 2015).
  2. The Routledge History of Genocide, Carmichael, C. (ed.) & Maguire, R. (ed.) (London: Routledge, 2015).
  3. 'Never A Credible Weapon': Nuclear Cultures in British Government During the Era of the H-Bomb’, British Journal for the History of Science, (2014), pp.519-533.
  4. ‘From the Guest Editor. The Nuclear Weapon and Genocide: The Beginning of a Discussion’, Journal of Genocide Research, (2007).
  5. ‘Scientific Dissent Amid the United Kingdom Government’s Nuclear Weapons Programme’, History Workshop Journal, (2007).
  6. ‘The Use of Weapons. Mass Killing and the UK Government’s Nuclear Weapons Programme’, Journal of Genocide Research, (2007).
  7. ‘Guilt by Association – Hazards in Linking the Concept of The State with Violence’, European Review of History, (2006).
  8. ‘The Future of the UK Strategic Nuclear Deterrent’, Jointly Authored Paper Prepared for The House of Commons Defence Select Committee, (2006).
  9. ‘Марксизм-Ленинизм И Тоталитаризм: Теория Государства И «Xолодная Война» [Marxism-Leninism and Totalitarianism: State Theory and The Cold War]’, Европа (2005).
  10. ‘"…The Fascists…Are…To Be Depended Upon." The British Government, Fascists and Strikebreaking During 1925 And 1926’, in British Fascism, The Labour Movement and The State. Renton, D. & Copsey, N. (eds.) (Palgrave, 2004).
  11. ‘State Theory and The Cold War,’ The Polish Foreign Affairs Digest (2005).
  12. ‘Reassessing the British Government's Emergency Organisation On “Red Friday,” 31 July 1925’, Contemporary British History, (2004) pp.1-24.




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 or Lab Membership

Research Projects and Grants

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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