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About Dr Michael Huggins

Previously I had spent a number of years working with the homeless and poorly-housed in London, and as a newspaper journalist in the north-west of England.

After gaining extensive experience as a visiting lecturer in history, I joined the Department of History and Archaeology at Chester in 2003. I was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Historical Society in 2007.


I contribute to the teaching of the following undergraduate modules:

  • Turning Points in History, 1000-2000: Europe and the Wider World, 1000-2000
  • The Making of Modern Ireland, 1600-1923
  • Constructing History
  • Debates in History: Riots, Rebels and Popular Protest
  • Europe in the Age of Revolutions, 1789-1861
  • Historical Research: methods and practice
  • The Crowd in History
  • Historical sources: the Crowd in History
  • Dissertation supervision

I have also taught research methods, eighteenth-century Ireland, nineteenth-century England and at postgraduate level.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising one research student and am always interested in research proposals in the areas outlined below. I welcome informal inquiries.


My research interests lie in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with particular emphasis on Ireland. I focus particularly on relationships between popular culture, protest and politics. I am also exploring comparative perspectives on nationalism and social identity. I am currently interested in the life of John Mitchel, Irish nationalist (1815-75).

Published Work


Social conflict in pre-famine Ireland: the case of Co. Roscommon (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)


‘The Nation and Giuseppe Mazzini, 1842-48’, New Hibernia Review vol. 17, no. 3 (Autumn, 2013), 15-33

 ‘John Mitchel and his biographers’, Irish Historical Studies, vol. xxxviii, no. 150 (Nov. 2012), 249-68.

‘A strange case of hero-worship: John Mitchel and Thomas Carlyle’ Studi Irlandesi 2 (Oct. 2012), 329-52.

‘The subscription controversy of the 1820s, “religious imperialism” and John Mitchel’s early years’, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies vol. 6, no. 1 (Autumn 2012), 93-114.


‘A cosmopolitan nationalism: Young Ireland and the Risorgimento’ in N. Carter (ed.), Britain, Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2014).

‘ “Mere matters of arrangement and detail”: John Mitchel and Irish Chartism’ in C. Kinealy and R. Swift (eds), Politics and power in Victorian Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006)

‘Captain Rock, Captain Swing: “primitive” rebels and radical politics in Britain and Ireland, 1790 – 1845’ in C. Litzenberger and E. Lyon (eds), The human tradition in modern Britain (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield., 2006)

‘Democracy or nationalism? The problems of the Chartist press in Ireland’ in O. Ashton and J. Allen (eds), Papers for the people: a study of the Chartist press (London: Merlin, 2005)


L. Brake and M. Demoor (eds) A dictionary of nineteenth-century journalism: the press in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1900 (Gent and London: Proquest, 2009)


BA (Liverpool), MA (Liverpool), PhD (Liverpool), FRHistS.