About me




I completed MPhil and PhD projects on the history of the Irish diaspora in the British empire with Eugenio Biagini at the University of Cambridge. I currently lecture in global history and international relations at the John Endicott College of International Studies in South Korea. I am a visiting scholar at the Modern Irish History research group, Edinburgh University.

Areas of expertise

Irish diaspora; 19th century; British Empire; elite networks; military and society; professionalization; colonial history

Member Details

Full Name

Loughlin J Sweeney

Membership Type

Professional Historian



Irish Military Elites, Nation and Empire 1870-1925 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Book Chapters

'Imagining Irish futures in East Asia: narratives of encounter and return among professional diasporas in China, c.1860-1910' in Butler, Richard, ed., Dreams of the Future in Nineteenth Century Ireland (Liverpool UP, 2020 forthcoming)

Peer Reviewed Journals

'"Problems of the Far East": Imperial geopolitics reflected in the Korean travelogues of British officials, 1889-1900', Acta Koreana 22:1 (2019), 89-110.

'Orientalism or pragmatism? Irishness and colonial encounter in the British military sphere', Oriental Studies 69:1 (2017), 105-123.

'Learned societies, cultural encounter, and social distinction: The Royal Asiatic Society and Western relations with Korea, Japan, and China, 1865-1935', Asian International Studies Review 20:2 (2019) forthcoming.

'The War killed society: class, identity, and the Irish military tradition in the long afternoon of empire, 1900-1925', Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, in review.

Electronic Publications

'The Irish community in nineteenth-century China', Irish Diaspora History, (2019). irishdiasporahistory.wordpress.com

'Examining the Importance of the British Empire', HE+, University of Cambridge (2015). myheplus.com/post-16/subjects/history

'The Forgotten First World War', HE+, University of Cambridge (2015). myheplus.com/post-16/subjects/history


'Steven O'Connor, Irish Officers in the British Forces, 1922-1945', English Historical Review 130:545 (2015), 1044-45.

'Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianne Hall, A New History of the Irish in Australia', English Historical Review, forthcoming.

'Liz Atkins and Verity Duckworth, Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education', In Factis Pax, forthcoming.