Dr Joseph Cozens

Visiting Fellow
Department of History
Dr Joseph Cozens
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    Colchester Campus

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    Thursdays, 11-12 or by appointment.



I have a longstanding interest in social history, labour history, and popular politics in Britain from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. I studied history at the University of the West of England and took my PhD at the University of Essex (2012-6) under the supervision of Professor Peter Gurney. After teaching at Royal Holloway and the University of Hertfordshire, I have recently rejoined the History Department at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Modern British History . My PhD research focuses on the social tensions generated by the wars between Britain and France, 1793-1815. My interest in civil-military relations and popular protest has led me to study the socio-political context of the Peterloo Massacre (1819) and the popular memory of the massacre up to the present day.


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Journal articles (1)

Cozens, J., (2014). ‘The Blackest Perjury’: Desertion, Military Justice, and Popular Politics in England, 1803-1805. Labour History Review. 79 (3), 255-280

Book chapters (1)

Cozens, JT., (2018). The Making of the Peterloo Martyrs, 1819 to the Present. In: Secular Martyrdom in Britain and Ireland From Peterloo to the Present. Editors: Outram, Q. and Laybourn, K., . Palgrave. 31- 31. 3319629050. 9783319629056



Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thursdays, 11-12 or by appointment.