Dr Klaus Richter

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.

Feedback and office hours

  • Mondays, 11:00-12:00
  • Tuesdays, 16:00-17:00

Qualifications

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

Biography

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.

Teaching

  • 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”

Research

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 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 have also been involved in the project “Population Displacement in Lithuania”, based at Vilnius University. Moreover, I have contributed to the digital-humanities project CENDARI ("Collaborative European Digital Archival Infrastructure) and to the internet encyclopaedia “1914-1918 online” with numerous survey and thematic articles on Poland and the Baltic States.

Publications

Books:

  • ‘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:

  • ‘“Go with the Hare’s Ticket.” Mobility and territorial policies in Ober Ost (1915 – 1918), in First World War Studies, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2015 (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, 64 (2015),2,pp. 194-217.
  •  “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, eds. Daniel Unowsky and Robert Nemes (Waltham, 2014), pp. 199-214.

  • "Seit einer Woche brennen Sumpf und Wälder". Der Krieg in den Gouvernements Suwałki, Kovno und Kurland in der Erfahrung der Zivilbevölkerung 1915/16 [“Since a week the moors and forests are burning.” The war in the governorates Suwałki, Kovno and Courland in the experience of the civilian population 1915/16], in: Wielka Wojna poza linią frontu, eds. Jan Snopko/Grzegorz Zackiewicz  (Białystok, 2014), pp. 96-114

  • "Ein Schatten über dem ganzen Land.“ Wirtschaftliche Emanzipation und die „Judenfrage“ in Litauen 1883–1914 [„A shadow over the whole country.“ Economic emancipation and the "Jewish Question" in Lithuania, 1883–1914], in: Die "Judenfrage" – ein europäisches Phänomen? Vol. 1, eds. Manfred Hettling, Michael G. Müller and Guido Hausmann (Berlin, 2014), pp. 283-298.“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: Jenseits des Schützengrabens. Der Erste Weltkrieg im Osten. Erfahrung – Wahrnehmung - Kontext, eds. Wolfram Dornik and Bernhard Bachinger (Wien, 2013), pp. 341-358.

  • "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 “emantsipaciya” v Litve i Belarusi v kontse 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.

  • ‘Anti-Semitism and “economic emancipation”. The Lithuanian Co-operative Movement (1904 – 1914)’, in: Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History 3 (2012).
  • Antisemitismus und die litauische Intelligenzija, 1900–1914 [Anti-Semitism and the Lithuanian Intelligentsia 1900–1914], in: Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung 21 (2012), pp. 89-114.

  • 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: Die Entstehung des Antisemitismus in Europa und die Reaktionen des Europäischen Judentums, ed. Ulrich Wyrwa (Berlin, 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: Der Führer im Europa des 20. Jahrhunderts, eds. Benno Ennker/Heidi Hein-Kircher (Marburg, 2010), pp. 111-136.Der Holocaust in der litauischen Historiographie nach 1991 [The Holocaust in Lithuanian historiography since 1991], in: Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, 56 (2008), 3, 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."

Reviews:

  • 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