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Sabine Schneider

Sabine Schneider
PhD Candidate in History
St John’s College


Sabine Schneider is a PhD candidate at St John's College, with interests in international economic history since 1800, and the diplomatic relations between Europe, Britain and the United States. Her doctoral thesis examines the politics of nation building and economic sovereignty in nineteenth-century Germany, under the title ‘Imperial Germany and the Politics of the International Gold Standard, 1834-1879’. Prior to her doctoral research, she was awarded a distinction in the Cambridge MPhil in Economic and Social History, for her study on the parliamentary politics of the late-Victorian gold lobby. Before commencing postgraduate work, she was a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Durham, and recipient of the Thompson and History Dissertation Prizes. Her doctoral research is supported by the ESRC, and by honorary scholarships from St John’s College and the Cambridge European Trust.

For her current and past research, Sabine has received grants from the Economic History Society, the German History Society and the History Project/Institute for New Economic Thinking. She has been an Ellen McArthur Scholar in Economic History (2013-14, 2018-19), a Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre for History and Economics (2013-14), and a Visiting Student at the Centre for History and Economics at Harvard (2016).

From 2015 to 2017, she convened the Modern European History Workshop for the Faculty of History, and in 2016 she co-organised a two-day conference on Credit, Currency & Commerce: New Perspectives in Financial and Monetary History at Darwin College, Cambridge. The conference brought together thirty-six junior researchers and senior academics and fostered an interdisciplinary dialogue about histories of finance, global trade and monetary policy. Credit, Currency & Commerce produced lively exchanges on the trajectory of historical research into financial capitalism, and the opportunities it holds for mastering a deeper understanding of the world economy.

Supervisors: Professor Martin Daunton and Professor Sir Christopher Clark


'Imperial Germany, Great Britain and the Political Economy of the Gold Standard, 1867-1914', in Money and Markets: Essays in
        Honour of Martin Daunton
, eds. Julian Hoppit and Duncan Needham (Boydell & Brewer, 2018), forthcoming

Review: 'Youssef Cassis, Richard S. Grossman & Catherine R. Schenk eds., The Oxford handbook of banking and financial history
        (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii+537. 9 figs. 18 tabs. ISBN 9780199658626 Hbk. £95)', The Economic
        History Review, Vol. 70.2 (2017), pp. 693-695

Conference Report: 'Credit, Currency & Commerce: New Perspectives in Financial and Monetary History', The Long Run
        (Economic History Society Blog), 6 December 2016                                                                                                  


From January 2019, Sabine will be a Bye-Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, supervising 'European history since 1890' (Part I Paper 18), 'British economic and social history since c. 1880' (Part I Paper 11) and 'Historical Argument and Practice'. In 2018-2019, she will also be lecturing on the Faculty's core lecture course for Paper 18, covering the political economy of twentieth-century Europe, the Great Depression and post-war European reconstruction.

Selected Conference & Seminar Papers:

'Imperial Germany's gold Mark and the creation of an international currency, 1871-1914', Economic History Society Conference,
       Keele University, 6 April 2018

‘Imperial Germany, Pax Britannica, and the Political Economy of the Gold Standard, 1871-1914’, Economic and Social History       
       Graduate Workshop
, University of Cambridge, 20 November 2017 and Graduate Seminar in Economic and Social History,
       Nuffield College, Oxford, 25 April 2018

‘War, Finance and Diplomacy: Imperial Germany and the Politics of the International Gold Standard’, Kolloquium in Wirtschafts- 
       und Sozialgeschichte
(Seminar in Economic and Social History), Humboldt University, Berlin, 12 July 2017

‘Spoils of War: Gerson von Bleichröder and the Conversion of the French Indemnity, 1871-1879’, European Association of Banking
       and Financial History Annual Conference: The Legacy of the Haute Banque, from the 19th to the 21st century
, Paris, 23 June

‘The “Bimetallic Controversy” and the Cultural Politics of Gold in Victorian Britain’, Social History Society Conference, University
       College London, 6 April 2017

'Europe's Ambassadors of Finance: Bleichröder, the Rothschilds and the course of German Monetary Reform', Credit, Currency &
        Commerce: New Perspectives in Financial and Monetary History
, Cambridge, 14 September 2016

The "Bimetallic Controversy" and the Golden Age of Monetary Orthodoxy, 1880-1900’, Financial History Seminar, Cambridge,
        7 March 2016

‘Gladstone and the Cultural Politics of Gold in Victorian Britain’, Modern British History Workshop, Cambridge, 5 February 2016

‘German Monetary Integration and the French War Indemnity of 1871’, German Historical Institute Postgraduate Conference,  
        London, 7-8 January 2016

‘Walter Bagehot, The Economist and the Evolution of Central Banking Theory’, Political Thought and Intellectual History Workshop,
        Cambridge, 4 November 2015

‘The Politics of Last Resort Lending: the Bank, the Money Market and the Financial Crisis of 1866’, Financial History Graduate
, Cambridge, 27 May 2015

Conferences and Workshops Organised:

Modern European History Workshop, Convenor, 2015-2017

Credit, Currency & Commerce: New Perspectives in Financial and Monetary History, Centre for Financial History, Darwin College, Cambridge, 13-14 September 2016, Co-organiser

Research Interests

  • European economic and political history since 1800
  • International political economy
  • Diplomacy
  • History and Public Policy
  • Anglo-German relations

Other Professional Activities

Affiliated PhD researcher, Centre for Financial History, Cambridge  
Member, Economic History Society
Member, Economic History Association
Member, German History Society