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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 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, and is entitled 'War, Finance & Diplomacy: Imperial Germany and the Politics of the International Gold Standard, 1834-1879'. Prior to commencing her doctoral research, she completed an MPhil in Economic and Social History at Cambridge and a BA Honours in History at the University of Durham. She was a Vice-Chancellor's Scholar at Durham, and recipient of the Thompson Prize and the History Dissertation Prize. Her doctoral research is supported by the ESRC, and by honorary scholarships from St John’s College and the Cambridge European Trust.

Sabine has been an Ellen McArthur Scholar in Economic History at Cambridge, as well as a Prize Research Student at the Joint Cambridge-Harvard Centre for History and Economics. For her current and past research, she has received grants from the Economic History Society, the German History Society and the History Project/Institute for New Economic Thinking. During the spring of 2016, she was a Visiting Research Student at the Centre for History and Economics at Harvard, while undertaking research on the Baker Library's Bleichröder Collection.

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 aimed to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue about histories of finance, global trade and monetary policy. Credit, Currency & Commerce brought together thirty-six junior researchers and senior academics and showcased research that ranged in period and geography from medieval Catalonia and eighteenth-century Scotland to pre-war China and post-war Britain. The contributions from a variety of methodologies 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

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 (invited)

‘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 1750
  • International 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