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

4 June 2020, 11:00 - 19:00

SG1/SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

It is with regret that due to the current Coronavirus crisis this event has had to be postponed. We hope to reschudule to a later date.

Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky, the Quentin Skinner Fellow 2020, will give the annual lecture and participate in the related symposium. Online registration will be available shortly.

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


Registration and Coffee


Keynote Lecture
Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky
'The Most Liberal of all Ideas':The Holy Alliance and the History of Global Order

Chair: Richard Bourke (University of Cambridge)




Session 1
Iain McDaniel (University of Sussex)
Alexander Schmidt (University of Jena)

Chair: Karuna Mantena (Columbia University)


Tea/coffee break


Session 2
Adom Getachew (University of Chicago)
Mira Siegelberg (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Emma Stone Mackinnon (University of Cambridge)