‘The Most Liberal of All Ideas’: The Holy Alliance and the History of Global Order

17 June 2021, 11:00 - 19:00


This event was scheduled to take place in June 2020 but had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky, who was due to come to CRASSH in Easter Term 2021 as the Quentin Skinner Fellow 2019-20,  will now be at CRASSH in Easter Term 2020 and will present the annual Quentin Skinner lecture and participate in the related symposium then.

The post-Napoleonic Holy Alliance is often described as the reactionary foil for the emergence of a new order of democratic nation-states. This lecture challenges histories built on that assumption by explaining why, initially, the Holy Alliance was seen as the dawning of a liberal future and the founding of a federal Europe. In presenting a new perspective on the intellectual history of the Holy Alliance, the lecture offers a fresh map for navigating political and intellectual debates about European integration and global order through the twentieth century.

This event is organised with support from the Faculty of History in Cambridge and CRASSH. For any queries  please contact fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk.