Lithuanian Institute of History
Contact detailsKraziu st. 5
Tel: +370 5 261 44 36
Tel: +370 5 261 34 35
Head of Department/Director
Director: Dr Rimantas Miknys
+370 5 261 4436
Offers courses in Jewish Studies
Main research activities
The Department of 20th Century History has two main research programs:
1. The modernisation of Lithuanian society and ethnic conflicts (non-dominant ethnic communities in Lithuania during the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, up until 1940). The main aim is to analyse the major reasons for ethnic conflicts and their dynamics in Lithuania in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. To that end several tasks have been set, namely: a. to analyse the social, cultural and political development of such communities as have been ignored thus far by scholars, primarily the Jews; b. to analyse mutual relations between various ethnic groups and the dynamics of such relationships (Lithuanians-Jews- Poles; Lithuanians-Germans-Jews); c. to explain how changes in political regime affect ethnic conflicts.
2. Lithuania During World War Two. Among the aims of this programme are the reconstruction of domestic Lithuanian political life under German occupation, including the conditions of other ethnic groups within Lithuania: Jews, Poles, Russians, Germans; the effect of the Holocaust in Lithuania; collaboration and resistance; and the character of the armed underground movements involving the Soviets, Poles and Jews.
The Department of 19th Century History includes a programme with Jewish Studies elements:
1. Non-dominant ethnic minorities in Lithuania in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. The principal aim of the programme is to analyse the basic reasons for and the dynamics of conflicts between ethnic groups in the period under review. In order to achieve this aim the programme has set the following tasks:
a. to discuss the social, cultural and political development of those ethnic communities which have been neglected hitherto (for example, the Jews);
b. to analyse the mutual relations of ethnic communities and the dynamics thereof (first and foremost relations between ethnic Lithuanians and Jews);
c. to explain how changes in political regimes affected ethnic conflicts.