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University of Münster, Germany
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Economic History, Quakers, Trade, Institutions, Religion, Women & Economic Development, Early Modern Britain, Atlantic History, Early American Legal History
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About Me

Economic Historian of the British Atlantic. Having graduated from the LSE in 2016, I am presently acting chair of the Economic History group at the University of Münster, Germany. My research interests include the institutional foundations of long-distance trade, Quaker merchants, women’s Economic History, and the European Marriage Pattern.

Recent Publications

Forthcoming: Quakers in the British Atlantic World, c.1660-1800


Sahle, E. (2020). Law and Gospel Order: Resolving commercial disputes in colonial Philadelphia. Continuity and Change, 35(3), 281-310. doi:10.1017/S0268416020000259 – open access:


Sahle, Esther. “Quakers, coercion, and pre‐modern growth: why Friends’ formal institutions for contract enforcement did not matter for early modern trade expansion.” The Economic History Review 71.2 (2018): 418-436.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, England, North America, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4, 6
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Gender, Law, Religion, Women