Dr Klaus Richter


Lecturer in War Studies

Department of 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 and anti-Semitism as well as in theories and methods of conceptual and praxeological history.

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  • Mondays, 15:00-16:00
  • Tuesdays, 14:00-15:00


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


Dr des Klaus Richter is a Lecturer in War Studies 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”
  • Special Subject: “A History of Conflict, Occupation and Independence in East Central Europe”


Klaus Richter is currently working on a history of emerging states in post-World War I East Central Europe, which puts particular emphasis on economic, territorial and political practices.

His 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. Moreover, Klaus Richter has contributed to the digital-humanities project CENDARI ("Collaborative European Digital Archival Infrastructurer) and to the internet encyclopaedia “1914-1918 online” with numerous survey and thematic articles on Poland and the Baltic States.



  • ‘Antisemitismus in Litauen. Juden, Christen und die ‘Emanzipation’ der Bauern (1889-1914)’ [‘Anti-Semitism in Lithuania. Jews, Christians, and the ‘Emancipation’ of the Peasantry (1889-1914)’], Berlin: Metropol 2013.

Articles (selection):

  • ‘“Horrible Were the Avengers, but the Jews Were Horrible, too.” Contemporaries Interpret the Anti-Jewish Riots in Dusetos’, in: Antisemitism, Modernity, and Mass Politics in Europe, 1880-1918, Daniel Unowsky and Robert Nemes (eds.), Waltham, forthcoming.
  • ‘“Eine durch und durch demokratische Nation”. Demokratie und Minderheitenschutz in der Außendarstellung Litauens nach 1918’ [‘“A quintessentially democratic nation.” Democracy and minority protection in Lithuanian foreign policy after 1918’], in: Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, forthcoming.
  • ‘“Od tygodnia płoną bagna i lasy”. Wojna na przełomie 1915 i 1916 roku w guberniach suwalskiej, kowieńskiej i kurlandzkiej w doświadczeniach ludności cywilnej’ [‘“The moors and forests have been burning for a week now.” The war in the governorates Suwałki, Kovno and Courland in the experience of the civilian population 1915/16’], in:Daniel Grinberg et al. (eds.), 'Wielka Wojna poza linią frontu', forthcoming.
  • ‘“Einziger Beschützer vor der Gewalt der Polen”. Kriegserfahrungen weißrussischer Soldaten in Grodno (1919)’ [‘“The only protector from the violence of the Poles”. War experience of Belarusian soldiers in Grodno (1919)’], in: Wolfram Dornik et al. (eds.): Kriegserfahrung an der Ostfront im Ersten Weltkrieg im Vergleich, Innsbruck 2013.
  • ‘“Gleich einem Heuschreckenschwarm.” Judenfeindliche Presse und Agrarantisemitismus in Litauen und Kurhessen (1883–1904)’ [‘“Like a swarm of locusts.” Anti-Jewish press and agrarian anti-Semitism in Lithuania and Kurhessen (1883–1904)]’, in: Judenfeindschaft und Antisemitismusin der deutschen Presse über fünf Jahrhunderte. Erscheinungsformen, Rezeption, Debatte und Gegenwehr, Vol. 1, eds. Michael Nagel and Moshe Zimmermann, Bremen 2013, pp. 283-298.
  • ‘Osvoboždenie bez ugnetatelya? O ponyatii “emancipaciya’ v Litve i Belarusi v konce XIX stoletiya [‘Emancipation without an oppressor? On the concept of “emancipation” in Lithuanian and Belarus at the end of the 19th century’], in: Ženščiny v politike. Novye podkhody k političeskomu 2 (2013), pp. 22-30.
  • ‘Antisemitismus und die litauische Intelligenzija 1900 - 1914’ [‘Anti-Semitism and the Lithuanian Intelligentsia 1900 - 1914‘], in: Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung 21 (2012), pp. 89-114.
  • ‘Anti-Semitism and “economic emancipation”. The Lithuanian Co-operative Movement (1904 – 1914)’, in: Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 3 (2012).
  • ‘Kišinev or Linkuva? Rumors and threats against Jews in Lithuania in 1903’, in: Revista Română de Studii Baltice şi Nordice, 3 (2011), 1, pp. 117-130.
  • ‘Die Reaktion der Litvaken auf Gewalt und rechtliche Diskriminierung in den litauischen Gouvernements (1881-1914)’ [‘Reactions of the Litvaks towards violence and legal discrimination in the Lithuanian Governorates (1881-1914)’], in: Ulrich Wyrwa (ed.): Die Entstehung des Antisemitismus in Europa und die Reaktionen des Europäischen Judentums, Frankfurt am Main 2010, pp. 313-334.
  • ‘Der Kult um Antanas Smetona in Litauen (1926-1940). Funktionsweise und Entwicklungen’ [‘The Antanas Smetona cult in Lithuania (1926-1940). Functions and developments‘], in: Benno Ennker / Heidi Hein-Kircher (Hg.): Der Führer im Europa des 20. Jahrhunderts, Marburg 2010, pp. 111-136.
  • ‘Der Holocaust in der litauischen Historiographie seit 1991’ [‘The Holocaust in Lithuanian historiography since 1991’], in: Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung 56, 3 (2007), pp. 389-416.

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", forthcoming.


  • Several reviews for H-Soz-u-Kult [hsozkult.de], Journal for Baltic Studies, Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung (ZfO), Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft (ZfG)

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