Dr Klaus Richter

Dr Klaus Richter

Department of History
Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Eastern European History

Contact details

G16, Fry Building
Department of History
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am the director of the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC) and a historian of Eastern Europe. My main field of research is the social history of Poland, the Baltics and Russia. I am especially interested in issues such as nationalism, ethnic conflicts and concepts of political economy and statehood.

Feedback and office hours

Mondays 11-12, Wednesdays 12-1


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


Autumn advanced option: “Of Great Powers and Failed States. Conceptions of the State in the Modern World”

Postgraduate supervision

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Recent publications


Richter, K 2013, Juden, Christen und die “Emanzipation” der Bauern. Antisemitismus in Litauen, 1889–1914. Metropol.


Richter, K 2017, '“An Orgy of Licence?”: Democracy and property redistribution in Poland and the Baltics in their international context, 1918 - 1926', Nationalities Papers. https://doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2017.1350840

Richter, K 2016, ''Go with the hare's ticket': mobility and territorial policies in Ober Ost (1915–1918)', First World War Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/19475020.2015.1088395

Richter, K 2015, '"Eine durch und durch demokratische Nation": Demokratie und Minderheitenschutz in der Außendarstellung Litauens nach 1918', Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 194-217.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Richter, K 2017, 'A mass which you could form into whatever you wanted': Refugees and state building in Lithuania and Courland, 1914–21. in Europe on the move: Refugees in the era of the Great War. Cultural History of Modern War.

Richter, K 2016, Displacement without moving: Border Changes and Practices of Population Politics in Lithuania (1916 – 1923) . in Population Displacement in Lithuania in the Twentieth Century: Experiences, Identities and Legacies. Brill, Leiden, pp. 62-88.

Richter, K 2014, ''Horrible were the avengers, but the Jews were horrible, too'': an anti-Jewish riot in rural Lithuania 1905. in R Nemes & D Unowsky (eds), Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880-1918 (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry). Brandeis University Press.


Richter, K 2013, "Einziger Beschützer vor der Gewalt der Polen”. Kriegserfahrungen weißrussischer Soldaten in Grodno (1919). in W Dornik (ed.), Jenseits des Schützengrabens: Der Erst Weltkreig im Osten: Erfahrung - Wahrnehmung - Kontext. StudienVerlag.

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  • Minorities policy
  • State formation
  • Peacekeeping
  • Conflict resolution
  • Nationalism