Sabine Schneider

Sabine Schneider

Rank-Manning Junior Research Fellow
History and Economics
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
BA Durham, MPhil PhD Camb

Sabine Schneider is the Rank-Manning Junior Research Fellow at New College, and was previously a Bye-Fellow in History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She read for a BA in History at Durham, before completing her MPhil and PhD at St John's College, Cambridge, where she was an ESRC and Ellen McArthur scholar. Her research interests lie in international economic history since 1800, and the diplomatic relations between Britain, Europe, and the United States. 


Research Interests

Sabine's research is broadly concerned with the history of state-building, capital markets, and financial globalization. She is currently working on her first monograph, entitled, War, Finance & Diplomacy: Imperial Germany and the Politics of the International Gold Standard, 1834-1914. Her study examines the political economy of Germany's path to monetary union, from the creation of the Zollverein in 1834 to the outbreak of the First World War. It investigates Germany's transition to a gold currency, and the reform's far-reaching impact on the country's financial and trading relations with Britain and Europe. Her second book project is a global history of the gold standard, from its origins in Georgian Britain to the post-war transition to floating exchange rates. 

Her current and past research has received grants from the Economic History Society, the German History Society, the John Fell Fund, 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 PhD student at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard (2016).  



College Teaching

European and World History IV: Society, Nation, and Empire, 1815-1914 (Prelims)

Approaches to History: Economics (Prelims)

Disciplines of History (Final Honours School)

The Industrial Revolution, 1700-1880: Empires, Regions, and Markets

Postgraduate Teaching

International Money and Finance since 1945 (Convenor: Professor Catherine Schenk), MPhil/MSc in Economic and Social History (Hilary Term 2020)

Sabine has taught modern European and British political and economic history at Cambridge, where she also lectured for the Faculty of History and taught historiography classes on a range of themes and approaches. Her Faculty lectures at Cambridge have covered the Financial Revolution in Britain,  European political economy in the twentieth century, the Great Depression, and post-war reconstruction. 


Selected Publications

  • ‘The Politics of Last Resort Lending and the Overend & Gurney Crisis of 1866’, The Economic History Review (forthcoming)
  • ‘All That Glittered: Britain’s Most Precious Metal from Adam Smith to the Gold Rush, by Timothy Alborn’, The English Historical Review (forthcoming) 
  • ‘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, Duncan Needham, and Adrian Leonard (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), pp. 127-144
  • ‘The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History, edited by Youssef Cassis, Richard S. Grossman & Catherine R. Schenk’, The Economic History Review, 70.2 (2017), pp. 693-695


Selected Conference and Seminar Papers

  • ‘Internationalism and Economic Diplomacy in Imperial Germany, c. 1867-1880’, German History Society Conference, King’s College London, 4 September 2019
  • ‘National Politics and Foreign Precedent: German Monetary Union in the Nineteenth Century’, Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations, St Hilda’s, Oxford, 9 May 2019
  • ‘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, Humboldt University, Berlin, 12 July 2017
  • ‘Spoils of War: Gerson von Bleichröder and the Conversion of the French Indemnity, 1871-1879’, EABH Conference: The Legacy of the Haute Banque, from the 19th to the 21st century, Paris, 23 June 2017
  • ‘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, Darwin College, Cambridge, 14 September 2016
  • ‘The “Bimetallic Controversy” and the Golden Age of Monetary Orthodoxy, 1880-1900’, Financial History Seminar, Cambridge, 7 March 2016
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