POSTPONED ‘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 rescheduled from June 2020  due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately due to the ongoing problems caused by the pandemic Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky, our current Quentin Skinner Fellow, will not be able to come to Cambridge in Easter term 2021 as planned but instead he will now be at the Centre in Lent term 2022. His lecture and associated symposium will now take place on Friday 4 March 2022.  

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