Dr. Oscar Sanchez-Sibony's research investigates economic and international history through the lens of the 20th century's most important pariah: the Soviet Union. His work examines the power of global economic developments to both circumscribe and enable the Soviet Union's foreign policy, domestic politics and political culture, and forms part of a renewed interest in the investigation of the history of global capitalism. This research surveys Soviet economic relations with the global South and the rich, industrialized countries in the context of both decolonization and the Bretton Woods system. This is the subject of his book, Red Globalization. The Political Economy Soviet Foreign Relations from Stalin to Khrushchev, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.
Current Research Projects
Oscar is currently working out questions on the financial and international history of the Soviet Union at two disparate points of its history. The first concerns itself with the NEP era, a time when the Bolsheviks signed up to the keystone of the interwar international liberal project: the gold standard. Understanding money as a social institution and finance as a political technology, he investigates the meaning the social meaning of the economic choices the leaders of the Soviet Union made.
His second line of inquiry involves the financialization of the global economy that followed the end of the Bretton Woods system in the 1970s and its effects on the Soviet Union. Concurrent with this financialization were the oil shocks of that decade, which gave the Soviet leadership the kind of capital reserves it had longed for during its history. Oscar's research examines what it means for a country's foreign relations to become subject to the logic of credit and capital.
Research Areas: Soviet Union, Cold War history, global capitalism, oil and energy regimes, theories and history of money, international political economy, decolonization and social movements in the global South
"Capitalism's Fellow Traveler: The Soviet Union, Bretton Woods, and the Cold War," Comparative Studies in Society and History 56, no 2 (2014): 290-319.
(ed.) Forum: Stalinism and the Economy, "Economy and Power in the Soviet Union, 1917-1939," Introduction with Andrew Sloin, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 15, no 1 (2014): 7-22.
"Depression Stalinism: The Great Break Reconsidered," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 15, no 1 (2014): 23-49.
"Soviet Industry in the World Spotlight: The Domestic Dilemmas of Soviet Foreign Economic Relations, 1955-1965," Europe-Asia Studies 62, no 9 (2010): 1555-1578.
Teaching and Courses Taught