Professor Karin Friedrich

Professor Karin Friedrich
M.A., Ph.D., FRHisS

Professor in Early Modern History

I am currently accepting PhDs in History.

Professor Karin Friedrich
Professor Karin Friedrich

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Having studied in France, Munich, Washington D.C. and Poland, and a doctorate from Georgetown University, Karin Friedrich held the post of lecturer and then senior lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of  London/University College London from 1995 to 2004. In the spring/summer of 2000, she was visiting professor at the Free University, Berlin, and from 2001-2006 she was co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal German History. In January 2005 she joined the University of Aberdeen as a senior lecturer and became co-director of the Centre of Early Modern Studies. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and, from 2014-2019, an elected member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society. She a member of the AHRC peer review college and serves on many editorial and institutional advisory boards in Germany and Poland. Promoted in 2013 to a professorship in Early Modern European History, she has held two Leverhulme Fellowships, an AHRC research fellowship, a Wellcome Trust small grant and a Gerda-Henkel Fellowship (small grant). She has widely published on the history of Poland-Lithuania, Prussia, social and cultural history, court culture, history of religion and political ideas. She teaches on a range of undergraduate and graduate level courses and coordinates the postgraduate MLitt programme in Early Modern Studies at Aberdeen. In 2020, she was elected chair of the German History Society in the UK. She welcomes supervision of topics in the social, political, cultural and intellectual history of Central Europe (esp. Brandenburg-Prussia, Poland-Lithuania and the Holy Roman Empire) from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, and the early modern/modern history of East Central Europe's borderlands.


PhD, History Georgetwon University, Washington D.C., USA 1995
M.A., History, East European History and Politics Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany 1989

Memberships and Affiliations


Founding member of the Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies (from 2020)

Acting Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History (2016-)

Elected member of the senate business committee and the graduate school committee 

Director of Research for History (DHP, 2015-2017)

Co-director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (2009-)

Coordinator of the Postgraduate Taught Programme (MLitt) in Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Member in the Research Committee, Member of the University Senate, and responsibility for student tutees (graduate attributes).

Head of Discipline (History), Deputy Head of School (Divinity, History and Philosophy) for History (2012-15), member of School Executive, Research committee, with responsibilities for mentoring and annual review of staff members, teaching programmes, PGR review, workload model.

Before 2012: coordinator of all taught postgraduate degrees in History, member of the postgraduate committees of the school and the college, member in the Induction Strategy Group of the unversity, academic staff mentoring coordinator for the college, school liaison officer for History and Student Advisor.


Chair of the German History Society, U.K. (2020-2023)

Founding member of the Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies, University of Aberdeen

Appointed member of the Advisory Council of the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Ostmitteleuropa, University of Leipzig (since 2016)

Fellow (since 2000) and elected member (2014-2019) of the Council of the Royal Historical Society

Appointed member of the AHRC peer review college (since 2012)

Appointed member of the Peer Assessor College of the Carnegie Trust (2014-18).

Member of the advisory editorial board of H-Net German

Member and deputy chair of the academic advisory committee of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw (2001-11)

Member of the Working Group on the Baroque at the Herzog-August Library in Wolfenbüttel (2003-13)

Joint editor of German History (2001-2006) and member of the editorial board of German History (until 2011)

Editorial Board member for Central Europe, Barok and Rocznik Lituanistyczny (Warsaw) and editorial advisory boards of the academic journals Kwartalnik HistorycznyCzasy Nowożytne, Zapiski Historyczne, Roczniki Grudziądzkie.

Member of the Historical Commission for East and West Prussian History in Berlin.

External Examiner in History at the University of Dundee (2008-12) and at the University of Stirling (2011-2014).

Peer reviewer for numerous journals and publishers, assessor for academic prizes.

Prizes and Awards

Orbis-prize by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (now ASEEES) 2001 for The Other Prussia (Cambridge, 2000) as best book in Polish Studies


Research Areas

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  • European History
  • German History
  • Modern History
  • Polish Studies
  • Russian and East European Society and Culture

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Research Overview

My research focuses on the entangled history of the German-Polish borderlands in the context of early modern Europe and issues of cultural transfer, citizenship, religious and political identities, and the constitution of early modern commonwealths. I also work on the early Enlightenment, nobilities and urban history, court culture and symbolic communication.


My doctoral work and first book was on urban elites (mostly German-speaking and Protestant) in Polish Prussia, and their historical and national identities in the context of a noble-dominated Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Further interests and publications have focused on the history of political and religious ideas in early modern Central Europe, early modern identities and urban history, the history of Silesia, Cracow and Prague and confessionalisation in Poland-Lithuania in their European context from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. My interest in Polish-Lithuanian and German history of the early modern period also include court and festival culture, interest in the rival political systems of absolutist Brandenburg-Prussia and the mixed form of constitutionally limited monarchy in Poland.

As co-director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies I am interested in supporting interdisciplinary research on early modern Europe. I have a particular interest in the notion and meaning of citizenship in the early modern period and closely cooperate with the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL). Most recently (from 2020), I am helping to build up our new Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies, which addresses the legacy of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states in East Central Europe, including Jewish history.


Current Research

My research continues to concentrate on the borderlands of Poland-Lithuania, Prussia and Germany. I am currently finishing a monograph (contracted wth Routledge) under the title Traitor or Patriot? Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1669) and the Dilemmas of a Transnational Aristocrat on the Lithuanian magnate and governor of Prussia, Boguslaw Radziwill, a truly transnational figure who was accused of treason and until this day has a very bad reputation in Poland. I analyse his political and religous (Calvinist) patronage networks, his family policies, his changing allegiances between Poland-Lithuania, Sweden and Prussia, and his loyalties in political, religious and cultural terms.      

See complete list of publications ordered by type of publication under "Past Research".

Past Research

Publications (ordered according to publication type):


Brandenburg- Prussia, 1466-1806. The Rise of a Composite State (Palgrave, 2011) is addressed to students and a wider readership, and locates Brandenburg-Prussia within East Central Europe as well as the German context of the Holy Roman Empire through a synthesis of approaches, debates and recent research.

The Cultivation of Monarchy and the Rise of Berlin: Brandenburg-Prussia 1700, with Sara Smart (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010).

Inne Prusy. Polska, Prusy Królewskie a Wolnosc, 1569-1772 (Poznan: Polskie Towarzytwo Przyjaciol Nauk, 2006) Polish translation of:

The Other Prussia. Poland, Prussia and Liberty, 1569-1772 (Cambridge University Press, 2000, pb 2006) 280 pp.

Books (edited)

(ed.) Pietro Omodeo in collaboration with Karin Friedrich, Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance (Leiden: Brill, 2016).

(ed.) Die Erschließung des Raumes: Konstruktion, Imagination und Darstellung von Räumen und Grenzen im Barockzeitalter – Opening spaces: Constructions, visions and depictions of spaces and boundaries in the Baroque, 13. Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreis für Barockforschung (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, forthcoming 2014) 

(ed.) Citizenship and Identity in a Multi-National Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1750 (Leiden: Brill, 2009)

(ed.) Festivals in Germany and Europe: New Approaches to European Festival Culture (Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000) 396 pp.

Journals (single-edited)

German History 22:3 (2004), editor of special issue: 'Polish Views of German History'.

Chapters in books

‘Knowledge Transfer in the Age of Confessionalisation. Duncan Liddel  (1561-1613) between Scotland and Northern Europe’, in 525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth: A New History of the University of Aberdeen, ed. by Bradford Bow and Michael Brown (Aberdeen: Uiversity of Aberdeen Press, 2021)

‚Eigennutz oder Gemeine Wohlfahrt? Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1668) und Danzig im Zweiten Nordischen Krieg, 1655-1660‘ [Self-interst or Common Good? Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1668) and Gdańsk in the Second Northern War, 1655-1660], Danzig in der Frühen Neuzeit: Kultur, Religion, Politik, Gesellschaft und internationale Beziehungen, ed. by Jürgen Sarnowsky and Wiesław Długokęcki (Gdańsk, 2021

Obywatele i obywatelskość w wielonarodowej Rzeczypospolitej’ [Citizens and Citizenship in a multi-natinal Commonwealth], in: Dyskurs polityczny Rzeczypospolitej w dialogu z tradycją europejską. Struktury aksjologiczne – praktyka komunikacyjna – granice cywilizacyjne, ed. Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz (Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press, 2016), 30 pp.

Marktregulierung für und wider den Markt: Introduction to Section 4 of the book Eigennutz und gute Ordnung. Ökonomisierungen im 17. Jahrhundert, ed. by Sandra Richter and Guillaume Garner, Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung 54, Göttingen: Harrassowitz, 2016 (Feb), 485-493. (Introduction)

'Die Reformation in Polen-Litauen', [The Reformation in Poland-Lithuania] (Chapter 2.f.), in: Polen in der europäischen Geschichte. Ein Handbuch in Vier Bänden, general ed. Michael G. Müller, vol. ed. Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, vol II: Die Frühe Neuzeit [The Early Modern Period] (Hiersemann-Verlag, Stuttgart, 2011), by subscription, Lieferung 2, 123-143.

'Von der religiösen Toleranz zur gegenreformatorischen Konfessionalisierung: Konfessionelle, regionale und ständische Identitäten im Unionsstaat' [From religious toleration to counter-reformationist confessionalisation: confessional, regional and social identities in the Polish-Lithuanian union] (Chapter 3.d.), Polen in der europäischen Geschichte. Ein Handbuch in Vier Bänden, general ed. Michael G. Müller, vol. ed. Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, vol II: Die Frühe Neuzeit [The Early Modern Period] (Hiersemann-Verlag, Stuttgart, 2012), 251-289.

‘Introduction’ to Citizenship and Identity in a Multi-National Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1750 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 1-16.

‘Citizenship in the Periphery: Royal Prussia and the Union of Lublin 1569’, in Citizenship and Identity in a Multi-National Commonwealth. Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1750 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 49-70.

'Poland-Lithuania', in History of European Political Throught, 1450-1700, eds. Howell Lloyd, Glenn Burgess, Simon Hodson (Yale University Press, 2007), 208-242.

'History, Myth and Historical Identity', James B. Collins, Karen L. Taylor (eds), Early Modern Europe: Issues and Interpretations,, Oxford: Malden, 2006, pp. 41-54.

'Zwischen zwei Adlern. Kulturelle und ideologische Einflüsse Polen-Litauens auf das herzogliche Preußen vor 1701' [Between Two Eagles. Cultural and ideological influences of Poland-Lithuania on Ducal Prussia], in: Preußen in Ostmitteleuropa [Prussia in East Central Europe], ed. by Matthias Weber (Oldenburg, 2003), pp. 115-141.

'The Development of Prussian Towns, 1720-1815', in P. Dwyer, ed., The Rise of  Prussia: Re-thinking Prussian History, 1700-1830, (London: Adison, Wesley, Longman, 2001), pp. 129-150.

'Cultural and Intellectual Trends', German History Since 1800, ed. by Mary Fulbrook (London: Edward Arnold, 1997), pp. 88-105.

Introduction to Festivals in Germany and Europe: New Approaches to European Festival Culture (Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000), pp. 1-15.

'Cives Patriae - 'German' Burghers in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth', in R. Bartlett, K. Schönwälder, eds., Germany and the Eastern Lands (London: Macmillan, 1998), 48-71.

'Gottfried Lengnich (1689-1774) und die Aufklärung in Preußen königlich-polnischen Anteils', in Fördern und Bewahren. Studien zur Europäischen Kulturgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit, edited by H. Schmidt-Glintzer (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz-Verlag, 1996), 107-118.


Articles in journals and edited collections

'Zwischen Ost und West - Kultur und Politik in Preußen Königlich-Polnischen Anteils im Zeitalter der Aufklärung' [Between East and West – Culture and Politics in Royal-Polish Prussia in the Age of Enlightenment], in Die Geschichte der Musikkultur in Danzig und Westpreußen. Perspektiven einer transnationalen Forschung, ed. by Erik Firscher, Anneliese Kürsten, Sarah Brasack (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2018), 120-137.

‘Political Loyalties in the Commonwealth’s Borderlands. The Case of Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1669)’, Imaginations and Configurations of Polish Society: From the Middle Ages through the 20th Century, ed. by Yvonne Kleinmann, Tomasz Wiślicz and Achim Rabus. Alexander Brückner Zentrum, Universität Jena (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2017, open access), pp. 143-173.

‘Rola i znaczenie Prus Królewskich w życiu politycznym i intelektualnym Rzeczypospolitej w XVIII wieku, szczególnie w dobie reform ustrojowych‘ [The role and significance of Royal Prussia in the political and intellectual life of the eighteenth-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, particularly during the era of reform], in Pamięć „chwili, która nas samym sobie wróciła...”: Wykłady Trzeciomajowe w Trybunale Konstytucyjnym w latach 2000-2016, eds. Rzepliński, A., Budziło, K. & Jankiewicz, A., first ed., Lectures of the Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, Poland 2016; vol. one, no. 50 (Warsaw: Constitutional Tribunal Warsaw 2016), pp. 231-253.

Life-writing in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Reflections on Magnate Ego-Documents, Dekonstruieren und doch erzählen. Polnische und andere Geschichten, ed. by Jürgen Heyde, Karsten Holste, Dietlind Hüchtker, Yvonne Kleinmann, Katrin Steffen. Poland: Culture - History – Society, vol. 2 (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2015), 81-86.

‘Noble power brokerage in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: the case of Boguslaw Radziwill’, in: Miscellanea res Polonorum, Brittanorum ac Judaeorum illustrantia, edited by Jakub Basista, Adam Kazmierczyk, Mariusz Markiewicz and Dominika Oliwa (Cracow: Historia Jagiellonica 2015), 13-26.

'"Pomorze" or "Preussen": Polish Perspectives on early modern Prussian History', German History 22:3 (2004), special issue: 'Polish Views of German History', pp. 190-217, and Introduction (co-authored with Klaus Zernack), pp. 155-168.

'Kilka zagadnien nad historia miast w Prusach Królewskich i Prusach Hohenzollernów w XVIII wieku [Reflections on the history of towns in Royal and Hohenzollern Prussia in the eighteenth century]', in Miedzy Wschodem a Zachodem [Between East and West], edited by Jaroslaw Porazinski, Jaroslaw Dumanowski and Krzysztof Mikulski (Torun: UMK, 2002), pp. 277-285.

'Nationsbewußtsein im Schlesien der frühen Neuzeit' [National identity in early modern Silesia], in: Die Grenzen der Nationen. Nationale Identitätenwandel in Oberschlesien in der Neuzeit, edited by Kai Struve and Philip Ther (Marburg: Herder-Institut, 2002), pp. 19-44.

'Royal Prussia: Monarch, Nobles and Cities', in Richard Butterwick (ed.), The Polish-Lithuania Monarchy, 1500-1795 (London: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 93-115.

'Cives Cracoviae: Bürgertum im frühneuzeitlichen Krakau zwischen Stadtpatriotismus und nationaler Pluralität', in Marina Dmitrieva and Karen Lambrecht (eds), Krakau, Prag und Wien. Funktionen von Metropolen im frühmodernen Staat (Stuttgart: Franz-Steiner Verlag, 2000), 143-162.

'Konfessionalisierung und politische Ideen in Polen und Litauen, 1570-1650' , in Konfessionalisierung in Ostmitteleuropa. Wirkungen des religiösen Wandels im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert in Staat, Gesellschaft und Kultur, eds J. Bahlcke and A. Strohmeyer Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 1999), 249-266.

'Nationale Identität und Pluralität in Krakau und Prag im 16. Jahrhundert', Berichte und Beiträge des Geisteswissenschaftlichen Zentrums für Ostmitteleuropa (Leipzig: Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum für Ostmitteleuropa, 1999), 60-79.

'The Urban Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Royal Prussia', Raison universelle et cultures nationales au siècle des lumières, ed. by David Bell, L. Pimenova, S. Pujol (Paris, Geneva: Edititons Champion, Slatkine, 1998), 11-29.

'Politisches Landesbewußtsein und seine Trägerschichten im Königlichen Preußen, 1466-1772/95)' (Regional Political Identity and Social Strata in Royal Prussia), Nordost-Archiv 2 (1997), 541-564.

'Better in Perilous Liberty Than In Quiet Servitude. The Idea of Freedom in the Writings of Two Protestant Burghers in Seventeenth Century Royal Prussia', in: Miedzy Wielka Polityka a Szlacheckim Partykularyzmem. Studia z dziejów nowozytnej Polski i Europy, (Festschrift in Honour of Professor Jacek Staszewski on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday) (Torun University Press, 1993), 71-85.

'A Conservative Revolution Against Hitler. Edgar Julius Jung's Analysis and Criticism of the Total State', in Totalitarianism and the Challenge of Democracy, ed. by A.W. Jablonski and W. Piasecki, Politologia V, (Wroclaw University Press,1992), 9-21.

'Die 'sarmatischen Brüder' der Polen. Schlesien aus polnischer Sicht im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert', (The Poles Sarmatian Brothers. Polish Views of Silesia in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century), Kulturpolitische Korrespondenz, Stiftung Ostdeutscher Kulturrat, 737 (Bonn, 1989), 4-6.

Source editions

'Preface', 'Royal Entries into Cracow, Warsaw and Danzig: Festival Culture and the Role of the Cities in Poland-Lithuania', as well as the edition of source texts in form of an anthology of eleven festival descriptions (1543-1754) with annotations, in the original languages (German, Polish and Latin) and in English translation, in: Europa Triumphans. Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe, ed. By J.R. Mulryne, Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly, Margaret Shewring, Elizabeth Goldring and Sarah Knight, 2 vols, 500 pp. each (Ashgate, 2004), ISBN 07546 38731, vol. I, pp. 373-374, pp. 386-392, pp. 394-462 (source texts).

Review articles

'Facing Both Ways: New Work on Prussia and Polish-Prussian Relations', German History 15, no. 2, 1997, pp.  256-267.

Popular Journals

'Zdrajca czyli dobrym obywatelem? Podwójne Zycie Boguslawa Radziwlla', Mówia Wieki: Magazyn Historyczny (Autumn 2012, forthcoming)

'Biala legenda czarnego krzyza' [The white legend of the black cross], in: Mówia Wieki: Magazyn Historyczny (February 2002), pp. 11-15.


Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement


525 Years in the Pursuit of Truth

A podcast series that will present a new history of The University of Aberdeen, one that accounts for the University's activities in the transnational and global transmission of ideas since its foundation.

Episode 3 - Duncan Liddel (1561-1613): Medicine and Mathematics during Northern Europe's Age of Confessionalisation


Outreach activities/Impact:

As part of local public engagement, in 2014-2015, I organised a community project "Linking Northern Communities" to support the integration of East European, and esp. Polish, migrants to Scotland, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, and in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. The report, blogs, and a scholarly article are available on this website.



With the Foundation for Prussian Heritage (Stiftung preussische Schlösser und Gärten, Potsdam) which provides funding, and Dr Thomas Biskup (University of Hull), I am planning an anniversary programme 2023-2025 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the act of Prussian homage to the Polish king in Cracow in 1525. The interdisciplinary project, called PP500, will prganise several international conferences and an exhibition in Potsdam and Poland.

In 2014-15 I have led an outreach-public engagement project, Linking Northern Communities socially, culturally and economically: East European Immigration in Scotland, funded with £ 18,000 by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, based at the University of Strathclyde (

I have also been in cooperation with the Institute for Reformation Studies at the University of Warsaw, funded by the Polish Science Foundation, on Universal Reformation As part of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, I have been involved in several funding applications, such as an application within the HERA Collaborative Research Project Balancing Diversity and Community: 17th-Century Politics and Media Practises(with the University of Paderborn, Germany) and a publication project with the University of Warsaw and the Instytut Bada? Literackich on 'Political Discourse in Poland-Lithuania in Dialogue with the European Tradition'

In 2013-14 I have led a project funded by the Wellcome Trust under the title Medical Knowledge between Polymathy and Disciplinarity: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) in Context as part of the research initiatives located within the University's Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) The result was a publication with Brill in Leiden: Duncan Liddel (1561-1613). Networks of Polymathy
and the Northern European Renaissance (ed. Pietro Omodeo in collab. with K. Friedrich, Leiden, 2016)  I am also an active member of and PhD supervisor for the University's Centre for Citizenship, Civic Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL)

I have regular collaborative and advisory contacts with the Leibniz Institute for then History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), co-operated with an urban history project at the Palacky-University in Olomouc (Czech Republic), the Zentrum für Historische Kulturwissenschaften der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and the East European History at the University of Halle (both Germany).

In 2002-2004, I took part of an AHRB-funded project on East European travel literature (London), a Leverhulme-funded project on European political thought (Hull), and an AHRC-funded project 'Europa Triumphans' (Warwick), all of which resulted in publications.


My current supervision areas are: History.

Ioannis Chountis (shared): Edmund Burke's philosophy and the reception of classical thought in 18th-century Britain (tbs 2024)

Christoph Moore (Beattie Fellowship): Objects & Images from a Foreign Land: Scotland, Poland-Lithuania, and the Problem of Cultural Transfer (tbs2 2024)

Paweł Grabowski (second supervisor): Comparison of the Polish and Burgundian Princely States in the late Middle Ages (distance learning PhD, tbs 2024)

Ben Whitlock (second supervisor): Empires in Comparison: The Habsburg and the British Empire during the Long Nineteenth Century (tbs 2021)

Jared Thomley (second supervisor): Concepts of Charity in Calvinist Geneva and Aberdeen (2020)

Hanna Mazheika: British-Lithuanian religious networks ( 2019)

Anna Grudzinska: `Citizens’ and ‘Nationals’ in Contemporary Poland (2017)

Mindaugas Sapoka (second supervisor): The Vilnius Confederacy, 1717-1720 (2016)

Sheena Hogan (second supervisor): The Irish Enlightenment and Francis Hutcheson (2015)

Kate Wilson (SSEES/UCL): Protestantism in Great Poland, 1573-1620 (2004)

Research Funding and Grants

Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2018-2019

Gerda Henkel Foundation Small Grant 2018

Royal Society of Edinburgh/ Polska Akademia Nauk, International Exchange Fellowship, August-September 2016

Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, public engagement grant 2014-15

Hunter-Caldwell Fellowship/ Aberdeen Humanities Fund, University of Aberdeen 2013-14

The Wellcome Trust, small grant 2013-14

AHRC Fellowship 2011-12

Exchange Fellowship British Academy/Polish Academy of Sciences, May 2010

Guest scholar at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbuettel, summer 2008 and summer 2009

Guest scholar at the Krupp Foundation Greifswald/ University of Greifswald, summer 2007

The Andrew Mellon Foundation Conference Grant/Sawyer Seminars Series, 2005

Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2000-2001

Guest Chair Free University Berlin, Summer Term 2000

Max Planck Institute for History, Goettingen, Reseach Grant, summer 1999

Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum fuer Ostmitteleuropa (GWZO) Leipzig, Research Grant, July/Aug 1998

AAASS travel grant to conference in Boston, 1996

British Academy Conference Grant, 1995

PhD Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship Georgetown, 1989-1992




Teaching Responsibilities

I occasionally also teach 
  • HI 351A Germany 1516-1806: Reformation, Empire and Enlightenment, coordination

and am currently developing a new course on European and global nobilities.

Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities

I also fulfil the following roles:

  • Programme Coordinator MLitt in Early Modern Studies
  • Coordinator of all History postgraduate taught degrees
  • Coordinator of postgraduate research students in History
  • Catalyst for the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) for History at the University of Aberdeen
  • Final Year Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision
  • MLitt and PhD supervisions


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  • “I was there for three weeks, I knocked on the door and they said, ‘Remont!’” or: "What are you going to do with your life, baby?”, Wende, Wandel, Weitermachen? Nachfragen zur Geschichtswissenschaft der 1990er Jahre in Deutschland, Polen und Europa, edited by Kolja Martinet-Lichy, Markus Krzoska et al (Stuttgart, Schöningh Verlag, 2021)

    Friedrich, K., Frost, R.

    FOKUS Neue Studien zur Geschichte Polens und Osteuropas, vol. 4, pp. 104-134

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Eigennutz oder Gemeine Wohlfahrt? Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1668) und Danzig im Zweiten Nordischen Krieg, 1655-1660 [Self-interst or Common Good? Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1668) and Gdańsk in the Second Northern War, 1655-1660]

    Friedrich, K.

    Danzig in der Frühen Neuzeit: Kultur, Religion, Politik, Gesellschaft und internationale Beziehungen. first edition

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Zwischen Ost und West: Kultur und Politik in PreußenKöniglich-Polnischen Anteils im Zeitalter der Aufklärung (Between East and West: Culture and Politics in Royal Polish Prussia during the Enlightenment)

    Friedrich, K.

    Die Geschichte der Musikkultur in Danzig und Westpreußen. Fischer, E. (ed.). Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 146-164, 19 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Obywatele i obywatelskość w wielonarodowej Rzeczypospolitej (Citizens and Citizenship in a multi-national Commonwealth)

    Friedrich, K.

    Wartości polityczne Rzeczypospoltej Obojga narodów. Nowicka-Jeżowa, A., Axer, J., Grześkowiak-Krwawicz, A. (eds.). first edition. Wydawnicto Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, pp. 119-150, 31 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Political Loyalties in the Commonwealth’s Borderlands: Bogusław Radziwiłł (1620-1669) and the Problem of Treason

    Friedrich, K.

    Imaginations and Configurations of Polish Society. Kleinmann, Y., Heyde, J., Hüchtker, D., Kałwa, D., Nalewajko-Kulikov, J., Steffen, K., Wiślicz, T. (eds.). Wallstein Verlag, pp. 143-173, 31 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • Rola i znaczenie Prus Królewskich w życiu politycznym i intelektualnym Rzeczypospolitej w XVIII wieku, szczególnie w dobie reform ustrojowych (The role and significance of Royal Prussia in the political and intellectual life of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwalth during the eighteenth-century Reform Era)

    Friedrich, K.

    "PAMIĘĆ „CHWILI, KTÓRA NAS SAMYM SOBIE WRÓCIŁA...”. Rzepliński, A., Budziło, K., Jankiewicz, A. (eds.). first edition. Constitutiuonal Tribunal Warsaw/Poland, pp. 231-253, 22 pages

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  • Marktregulierung, Moral und Theologie für und wider den Markt (Regulations of Markets, Morality and Theology for and against the Market)

    Friedrich, K., Holzem, A.

    ‚Eigennutz‘ und ‚gute Ordnung‘. Richter, S., Garner, G. (eds.). Göttingen: Harrassowitz pp. 485-493, 9 pages.

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  • Duncan Liddel (1561-1613).: Networks of Polymathy and the Northern European Renaissance

    Omodeo, P. (ed.), Friedrich, K. (ed.)

    Vol. one, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden. 321 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Life-writing in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Reflections on Magnate Ego-Documents

    Friedrich, K.

    Dekonstruieren und doch erzählen. Polnische und andere Geschichten. Holste, K., Steffen, K., Kleinmann, Y., Hüchtker, D., Heyde, J. (eds.). first edition. Wallstein Verlag, pp. 81-86, 6 pages

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