Dr Klaus Richter

Department of History
Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Eastern European History

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My main field of research is the modern history of East Central Europe and the Baltics. I am especially interested in the history of nationalism, of statehood and of war and occupation.

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I will be on research leave in 2016/17 and will not hold regular office hours.


  • Staatsexamen in History (University of Cologne)
  • Doctoral degree in History, (Technical University of Berlin)


Dr Klaus Richter is a Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Eastern European History at the University of Birmingham. After studying history, art history, English and German philology at the University of Cologne, he worked as a research associate at the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at the Technical University of Berlin (2009 – 2011). In early 2012, he joined the German Historical Institute in Warsaw as a visiting scholar. He took up work at the University of Birmingham in October 2012.


  • Lectures in the War Studies Core Module: “Rise of Modern War”
  • Convenor of War Studies Core Module: “An Introduction to Strategy and Operational Art”
  • Advanced Autumn Option: “Everyday life under Nazi and Soviet Occupation”
  • Spring Option: “The First World War at the Eastern Front”
  • Special Subject: “A History of Conflict, Occupation and Independence in East Central Europe”
  • Group Research: “From Science to Extermination. Anti-Semitism in Europe”


I am currently working on a history of Poland and the Baltics during the First World War and the interwar period, which focuses on the impact of occupation and revolution on the specifics of statehood in the region. I am particularly interested in the interplay between imperial normative frameworks, that continued to be a powerful force, and territorial politics implemented in the nation states.

My past research includes a doctoral thesis on anti-Semitism in Lithuania before World War I, which focussed on anti-Jewish violence and strategies to “emancipate” the peasants from Jewish merchants. I am also involved in the following projects:

  • ‘Practices and Perceptions of Property Redistribution in Poland and the Baltic States, 1917 – 1934’ (as principal investigator). This project looks at the development of property distribution and its connection with state building in the former borderlands of the German and Russian empires following WWI – specifically Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The project is funded with a British Academy Small Research Grant for the time period April 2015 – March 2017.
  • ‘Borders, Maps and Congresses. The New Order of East Central Europe from the Legacy of the Empires, 1917 – 1923.’ This project, which is co-ordinated by the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, looks at the interplay of international diplomacy, practices of rule and spatial imaginaries in the drawing of borders after the First World War. The project runs from 2013 to 2016 and is funded by Viadrina University.

Recently concluded research projects:



Selected articles and book chapters:



Contributions to websites:

Encyclopaedia entries:

  • Several entries for the Handbuch des Antisemitismus [Handbook of Anti-Semitism], Vols. 4, 5, 6, Berlin 2011-2013.
  • Several entries for the online encyclopaedia "1914-1918 online."


  • Several reviews for H-Soz-u-Kult [hsozkult.de], Journal for Baltic Studies, Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung (ZfO), Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft (ZfG), Lietuvos istorijos studijos, Pol-Int, Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History, Darbai ir dienos