10 Jun 2022 11:00 - 18:30 Keynes Hall, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST


Quentin Skinner lecture

This event was due to take place in June 2020 but due to the pandemic has had to be postponed twice.  We are therefore delighted that we will now be welcoming our Quentin Skinner Fellow 2021-2022 (deferred from 2019-20) Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky,  to CRASSH in Easter term 2022 when he will present this lecture with associated symposium.

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.

Symposium speakers:

  • Jessica Patterson (Cambridge)
  • Adam Lebovitz (Cambridge)
  • Iain McDaniel (Sussex)
  • Richard Bourke (Cambridge)


  • Karuna Mantena (Columbia)
  • Fernanda Gallo (Cambridge)

Online registration has now closed. Please email fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk if you have any queries.

The standard fee is £25.00 with a £12.50 student concession rate. Lunch and refreshments are provided. If you have accessibility requirements please email fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk.

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.

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Registration and coffee


Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Lecture: Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale)
“‘The most liberal of all ideas”: the political thought of the Holy Alliance’

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:30

Panel 1

Jessica Patterson (Cambridge)
‘”Geographical Morality” and the question of property: British Empire in India, in the Age of Revolutions’

Adam Lebovitz (Cambridge)
‘Republicanism, constitutionalism, and international order in the political thought of Joel Barlow’

Chair: Karuna Mantena (Columbia)

15:30 - 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 - 17:30

Panel 2

Iain McDaniel (Sussex)
‘Caesarism and international order in the nineteenth century’

Richard Bourke (Cambridge)
‘From feudal to constitutional monarchy in Hegel’

Chair: Fernanda Gallo (Cambridge)

17:30 - 18:30

Drinks reception

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