Dr Sabine Schneider’s research interests are in international economic history since 1800 and the history of financial and monetary relations, state-building, and economic diplomacy. She was awarded her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and prior to joining the LSE held the Rank-Manning Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford.
Sabine’s key publications cover the history of financial crises and central banking (Economic History Review, 2022) and the intersection of monetary and trade policy. She is currently completing her first book War, Finance and Diplomacy: Germany and the Politics of the International Gold Standard, 1834-1914. The 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. Based on extensive new archival research, the book investigates Germany’s transition to a national gold currency, and its far-reaching impact on the country’s financial and trading relations with Britain, Europe, and Asia.
The ESRC-funded PhD research on which War, Finance and Diplomacy is based was awarded the Ellen McArthur Prize in Economic History (2021) and was a Finalist of the Economic History Society’s Thirsk-Feinstein Prize. Her second book project is a global history of gold standards, from their origins in Georgian Britain to the post-war transition to floating exchange rates.
Dr Schneider is an Affiliated Researcher of the Oxford Centre for Economic and Social History and an Associate Researcher of the Oxford Global Correspondent Banking Project.
In the Department, Dr Schneider teaches MSc papers on financial, monetary and global economic history, as well as supervising BSc and MSc dissertations in her research areas. She has been nominated for the LSE Class Teacher Award (Highly Commended) and for the LSE Student Union Award for Outstanding Teaching (2022/23).
EH430 - Monetary and Financial History
EH483 - The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries
The Politics of Last Resort Lending and the Overend & Gurney Crisis of 1866 The Economic History Review, 75 (2022), pp. 579-600
‘The Bank of England and the Crisis of 1866’, The Long Run (October 2021)
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 (2017), pp. 693-695
‘Credit, Currency & Commerce: New Perspectives in Financial and Monetary History’, The Long Run (December 2016)
Photograph: © John Cairns