Welcome to the Armchair Sailor’s Story Book!

My name is Miriam Magdalena Schneider and I am a historian, or, as I prefer to term it, a true-story-teller.

I studied Modern European History at the Universities of Bayreuth (Germany) and Cambridge (England) and obtained my doctorate from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in June 2017.

Eckernförde - Sailor Princess

During my studies, I fell in love with all things maritime. Personally, I am a quiet person who likes tiny living and slow travel, thinking that it takes years to soak up the beauty of even just one spot.

In my imagination, however, in my research and reading, I roam the world on board ocean-going vessels and in the company of adventure travelers.

Photo by Christelle Bourgeois on unsplash

On these pages, I would like to introduce you to some of my research, but in a very light and hopefully entertaining fashion. So, if you like, sit down next to this stay-at-home sailor’s armchair and listen to the true stories that I have to tell!


Academic research history

2009/2012 BA/MA in European History at the University of Bayreuth

2011 MPhil in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge (funded by the Bischöfliche Studienförderung Cusanuswerk)

2017 PhD in Modern History at the University of St Andrews (funded by the Douglas and Gordon Bonnyman Scholarship in the Arts)

Research project: “The ‘Sailor Prince’ in the Age of Empire: Creating a monarchical brand in nineteenth-century Europe

Part of the Heirs-to-the-throne project

From 2018 PostDoc / Second-book project at the University of Zürich (funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung), working part-time since I am also a full-time mom

Men between the spots: The global careering and literary fortune-seeking of small-power adventurers in the Age of High Imperialism: A Danish case study



See a full list of my academic publications on Academia.edu: