PhD Students (completed)

Joseph Cozens

Emailjtcoze@essex.ac.uk
Room5B.104
Office hoursThursday 1-2pm
Biography

I graduated from the University of the West of England with a first-class degree in History and English Literature in 2008. I was additionally awarded the Dr. Neil Edmunds Prize for best joint-honours history student for that year. I returned to UWE to study for an MA in Regional History and received a distinction in 2011.

I was fortunate enough to receive an AHRC-funded PhD at Essex in 2012 under the supervision of Dr Peter Gurney. I have since been living and conducting my research in London where I have enjoyed easy access to the National Archives and attending the eighteenth-century history seminar at the IHR.

Teaching responsibilities

In the academic year 2015-6 am taking seminars for the CS101 Enlightenment Module.

SupervisorDr Peter Gurney
Thesis titleThe Experience of Soldiering: Civil-Military Relations and Popular Protest in England, 1790-1805.
Abstract

In 2011 I began a PhD entitled ‘The Experience of Soldiering: Civil-Military Relations and Popular Protest in England, 1790-1805’.

The thesis contributes to the social history of the period by using military records to examine the role of the army and militia at home during the turbulent years of the French Wars. I have conducted extensive research into the areas of recruitment (including anti-recruitment riots and the economic imperatives for enlistment), desertion, military justice, and the role of the army in the maintenance of public order. I have now submitted my thesis and am awaiting my viva examination.

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