Civil Wars: A History in Ideas


Armitage, David. 2017. Civil Wars: A History in Ideas. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Civil Wars: A History in Ideas


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Features and Interviews:

Maartje Abbenhuis, David Armitage, Eleanor Cowan, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Duncan Ivison and Ben Saul, 'Civil Wars: A History in Ideas,' Sydney Ideas (5 June 2017):

Phillip Adams, 'When is a War a Civil War?,' Late Night Live (6 June 2017):

Brian Bethune, 'The Modern World's Mass Violence is Almost Entirely Due to Civil Wars,' Maclean's (7 February 2017):

Martin Burcharth, 'I dag er alle krige borgerkrige,' Information (20 July 2017):

Howard Burton, 'Eating One's Own: Examining Civil War,' Ideas Roadshow (June 2017):

Ellie Cawthorne, 'Civil Wars and Restoration England,' History Extra (25 May 2017):

C-SPAN, 'Civil Wars' (8 February 2017):

Ron Granieri, 'What Makes a War "Civil"?,' Geopolitics with Granieri (7 February 2017):

Prashant Jha, 'We Have Now Moved to War Within States,' Hindustan Times (2 May 2017):

Michael Knigge, 'Harvard Historian Armitage: US at a "Very Delicate Moment",' Deutsche Welle (16 February 2017):

Richard Kreitner, 'Are We on the Verge of Another Civil War?,' The Nation (8 February 2017):

Joe Muscolino, 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Civil Wars,' Signature (14 March 2017):

Michele Nicholasen, ‘From Rome to Rwanda: The Centuries-Long Effort to Define Civil War,’ Epicenter (6 March 2017):

Anaclet Pons, ‘Las guerras civiles a lo largo de la historia,’ Clionauta (15 May 2017):

Johan Schloemann, 'Eigene Feinde,' Süddeutsche Zeitung (24 January 2017): 9.

Supriya Sharma, 'David Armitage at JLF 2017: US President's Instability Could End Peace Since WWII,' Hindustan Times (22 January 2017):

Tavis Smiley, 'Historian and Author David Armitage,' The Tavis Smiley Show (13 April 2017):

Kate Tuttle, ‘What We Mean When We Say Civil War,’ The Boston Globe (3 February 2017):


Rachad Antonius and Olivier Kemeid, 'Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!,' Radio-Canada (16 May 2017):

Valentina Arena, Nicholas McDowell, Anne Orford and Richard Whatmore, ‘Special Issue: David Armitage’s Civil Wars: A History in Ideas,’ Global Intellectual History, 1 (2017).

Bryan Banks, 'Revolutionary Review: Armitage's Civil Wars: A History in Ideas,' Age of Revolutions (10 April 2017):

Jens Bartelson, Julián Casanova, Carsten Hjort Lange, Patricia Owens and Benjamin Straumann, ‘Book Forum: David Armitage, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas,’ Critical Analysis of Law, 4, 2 (Fall 2017):

John Batchelor, ‘The Civil War of 2017,’ The Daily Beast (15 May 2017):

William Bushnell, 'Military Professional Reading Lists,' Military Officers Association of America (July 2017):

Bryce Christensen, Booklist, 113, 7 (December 2016): 11-12 (starred review).

Linda Colley, New York Review of Books, 64, 10 (8 June 2017): 42-43;

John Collins, Reviews in History:

Saul David, Prospect, 254 (May 2017), 76:

Eoin Dillon, History Ireland, 25, 4 (July/August 2017).

Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor (6 March 2017):

Scott Duinstra, Library Journal, 142, 1 (1 January 2017): 103.

'Brother Against Brother,' The Economist (11-17 February 2017), 72:

Omar El Akkad, 'Divided We Fall,' The Globe and Mail (18 February 2017), R16:

Ronald H. Fritze, 'Defining Civil War Too Complex,' The Decatur Daily (12 March 2017):

Juan Francisco Fuentes, ‘El arte de la guerra civil,’ Revista de Libros (3 May 2017):

Gong Xiang Xiang, '曖昧的內戰概念史,' CUP  (Hong Kong) (17 February 2017):

John Gray, 'Terms of Engagement,' Literary Review, 451 (March 2017), 19-20:

Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, 141, 16 (1 October 2016): 60:

Ed Jones, 'The Impossible Grammar of Civil War,' LSE Review of Books (20 June 2017):

Andrew Kent, 'What is a Civil War?,' Lawfare Blog (28 March 2017):

Kirkus Reviews, 84, 23 (1 December 2016).

Paschalis Kitromilides, ‘Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος ως ιδέα και ως ιστορία,’ Το Βήμα (8-9 July 2017):

Sanford Levinson, History Book Club (February 2017):

Troy Lewis, Military Review (30 June 2017):

Karen R. Long, Newsday (1 March 2017):

David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express (2 May 2017):

Mark Mazower, 'War or Peace? How the Battle Lines Became Blurred,' The Financial Times, 39447 (15-16 April 2017):

Brett Miller, 'The Long Life of a Shattering and Complex Idea,' PopMatters (12 June 2017):

Michael Moran, ‘Hell of a Book,’ Carnegie Reporter (22 June 2017):

Ralph Peterson, San Francisco Book Review (June 2017):

Publishers Weekly, 263, 46 (14 November 2016): 41 (starred review):

Srinath Raghavan, 'Decoding the Idea of a Civil War,' Livemint (19 March 2017):

Thomas E. Ricks, 'New and Noteworthy Books in Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo,' New York Times Book Review (26 May 2017):

Addie Schulte, 'Civil Wars--David Armitage,' Boekenstrijd (16 July 2017):

Philip Seib, 'Civil or Not--Does the Name of War Matter?,' Dallas Morning News (24 February 2017):

Jan Tattenberg, e-International Relations (19 May 2017):

Paul Taunton, 'What We Learned from David Armitage's Civil Wars, the Most Destructive Form of Human Violence,' National Post (10 February 2017):

Vibe Termansen, 'Brødre mod brødre,' Weekendavisen (30 June 2017):

Orlando Trinchi, 'Ma davvero esistono guerre civili?,' Pagina 99 (14 July 2017):

Wouter van Dijk, 'De geschiedenis van het denken over burgeroorlog,' Athenaeum Boekhandel (10 April 2017):

Phil Vernon, 'Are Politics Civil War by Other Means?,' (16 March 2017):

Sean Wilson, ‘Midwinter Book Picks,’ CBC All in a Day (6 February 2017):

John Fabian Witt, 'Fighting Words,' The New Rambler (6 March 2017):




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