Isaac Nakhimovsky

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Assistant Professor
HGS 2688
Fields of interest: 

Intellectual history of Europe since the 17th century; history of political thought; historiography of international law and political economy

Isaac Nakhimovsky is Assistant Professor of History and Humanities. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 2008 and began teaching at Yale in 2014, after six years as a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. His first book, The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte (2011), examined the place of economic independence in eighteenth-century political thought, and explored the postrevolutionary legacy of Enlightenment hopes for an end to war and empire. He has also collaborated on an edition of Johann Gottlieb Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation (2013), and a volume of essays on Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment (2017). His current projects include an intellectual history of the post-Napoleonic Holy Alliance and its relationship to transatlantic debates about federalism, nationalism, democracy, empire, and political economy.

Selected other publications:

An International Dilemma: The Postwar Utopianism of Gunnar Myrdal’s Beyond the Welfare State,” Humanity 8, no. 1 (2017): 185-94

“A Republic of Cuckoo Clocks: Switzerland and the History of Liberty,” Modern Intellectual History 12, no. 1 (2015): pp. 219-33.

“The ‘Ignominious Fall of the European Commonwealth’: Gentz, Hauterive, and the Armed Neutrality of 1800,” in Trade and War: The Neutrality of Commerce in the Interstate System, ed. Koen Stapelbroek. COLLeGIUM: Studies across Disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Helsinki: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2011), 177-90.

“Carl Schmitt’s Vattel and the Law of Nations between Enlightenment and Revolution,” Grotiana 31 (2010): 141-64.

“Vattel’s Theory of the International Order: Commerce and the Balance of Power in the Law of Nations,” History of European Ideas 33, no. 2 (2007): 157-73.

“The Enlightened Epicureanism of Jacques Abbadie: L’Art de se connoître soi-même and the Morality of Self-Interest,” History of European Ideas 29, no. 2 (2003): 1-14.


Early Modern
Eastern Europe
Western Europe
Empires & Colonialism