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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Donzelli Editore (Italy) Guerre civile. Una storia attraverso le idee, trans. David Scaffei (Rome, 2017):

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Klett-Cotta Verlag (Germany), Bürgerkrieg, trans. Sebastian Vogel (Berlin, 2018):

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):

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

John Batchelor, 'Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage,' The John Batchelor Show (11 August 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), 10-11:

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

Sergio Caroli, '"In ogni rivoluzione c'è una guerra civile",' Corriere del Ticino (27 September 2017): 31.

Sergio Caroli, '"Possiamo dire che oggi tutti le guerre sono guerre civili",' Giornale di Brescia (29 September 2017): 39.

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

Linda Chiavaroli, 'David Armitage, Francis Lieber, and Civil Wars,' Verso: The Blog of the Huntington Library (14 March 2018):

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

Mladen Gladic, 'Zerstörung treibt uns,' Der Freitag, 41, Sachbuch (11 October 2018): IV-V.

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

HUANG Zhaozhao, '专访历史学家阿米蒂奇:从伊拉克到叙利亚,什么是“内战”?,' Pengpai (29 May 2018):

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

Mark Klobas, 'David Armitage, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas,' New Books Network (2 March 2018):

Matthias Knecht, 'Bürgerkrieg? Sicher nicht!,' Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, 42 (21 October 2018): 61.

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):

LI Jiayu, '对话大卫·阿米蒂奇 重构历史中的“内”战,' Beijing News Weekly (26 May 2018), B10:

Manuel Lucena Giraldo, 'Entrevista: David Armitage, la guerra y sus historias,' ABC Cultural, 1336 (30 June 2018): 14-15.

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):

Álvaro Soto, '"La guerra civil se ha convertido en la forma de violencia más destructiva",' Las Provincias (30 March 2018):

Vibe Termansen, Firehundredårskrigen,’ Weekendavisen, 34 (25 August 2017): 89.

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


Mason Abu El Hob, 'It is the Time of Civil Wars,' Elaph (6 October 2017):

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

Corrado Augias, 'Quando el nemico è tuo fratello,' Repubblica TV (16 October 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), 129-89:

John Batchelor, 'Is America in a State of Civil War?,' The Daily Beast (7 August 2017):

John Batchelor, 'Civil Wars, by David Armitage--Highly Readable and Intellectually Important,' The John Batchelor Show (25 January 2018):

'Il conflitto più folle,' BBC History Italia (August 2017), 95.

Laurence Broadhurst, 'Mechanics of Civil Wars Masterfully Detailed,' Winnipeg Free Press (19 August 2017):

'Bürgerkrieg,' Buch-Magazin, 10 (October 2018): 93.

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

Mauro Campus, 'Guerre civili e impatto generazionale,' Il Sole 24 Ore (24 September 2017): 29.

Paul Cartledge, Saul Dubow, James Harris, Nicholas McDowell, Shruti Kapila, Duncan Kelly, Richard Priestland and Richard Whatmore, ‘Special Issue: David Armitage’s Civil Wars: A History in Ideas,’ Global Intellectual History, 3 (2018), with author's reply.

Luca G. Castellin, ‘Il concetto di bellum civile nella storia del pensiero politico,’ Storia del pensiero politico, 3 (September-December 2017): 483-86.

Bryan Caswell, 'A Perplexing Journey: David Armitage's Civil Wars,' Concerning History (10 December 2018):

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 M. Collins, Reviews in History (27 July 2017):

Patrick Cronin, ‘Holiday Reading List,’ War on the Rocks (24 November 2017):

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

Eoin Dillon, History Ireland, 25, 4 (July/August 2017): 67.

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

Taylor Downing, Military History Monthly, 81 (June 2017): 60.

Rhys Dubin, Foreign Policy (29 December 2017):

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

Sasha Durakov, 'Global Uncivil War,' The Belli Research Institute (4 December 2017):

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

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

Richard English, Irish Historical Studies, 41, 160 (November 2017): 286-87.

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:

James A. Harris, 'Essentially Political: A Review of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage,' Global Intellectual History, 3 (2018):

William Anthony Hay, 'What Makes Civil Wars Different,' Law and Liberty (21 February 2018):

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

Michelle Huppertz, '"Bürgerkrieg": Weltfrieden kann erreicht werden,' 3sat (October 2018):

Izidor Janžekovič, Teorija in Praksa, 54, 6 (2017): 1101-04.

Izidor Janžekovič, 'It's All Very Complicated,' Versopolis (22 November 2017):

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

Duncan Kelly, 'What's in a Name?: A Review of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage,' Global Intellectual History, 3 (2018):

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):; Finnish trans., Res Publica (11 July 2017):

Marilyn Lake, Australian Book Review, 397 (December 2017):

Sanford Levinson, History Book Club (February 2017):

Troy Lewis, Military Review (30 June 2017):

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

Manuel Lucena Giraldo, ABC Cultural, 1336 (30 June 2018): 14.

David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express (2 May 2017):

David Madden, 'Life of the Mind,' The Key Reporter (15 May 2018):

Zoe Marks, International Affairs, 95, 1 (January 2019): 221-22.

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

Luke McKernan, ‘2017—The Year in Books’ (Book of the Year):

Florian Meinel, 'Der Krieg ohne äußeren Feind,' Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 277 (28 November 2018): 10.

Giuliano Milani, 'Conflitti in famiglia,' Internazionale (29 September 2017): 100.

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

Keith Mines, 'When Brothers Fight,' The Foreign Service Journal, 95, 6 (July-August 2018): 100-01.

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

Damiano Palano, 'Dai Romani a oggi, gli abusi del concetto di "guerra civile",' L'Avvenire (5 January 2018): 15.

Barbara Palla, 'Guerre civili internationalizzate: analisi di un meccanismo contemporaneo,' La Rivista Culturale (23 March 2018):

Massimilano Passarari, 'Guerra civile, un eterno ritorno che l'umanitá può evitare,' La Stampa (10 August 2017), 23:

F. S. Pearson, Choice, 54, 11 (August 2017): 1847.

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

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

Radio Viña del Mar, '2017 en libros: historias e historiografías para destacar' (27 December 2017):

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

Jürgen Reuß, 'Der Feind im Immer,' Badische Zeitung (14 December 2018):

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

Claudio Risè, 'Tutti i conflitti di oggi sono figli dei popoli senza una vera nazione,' Il Giornale (20 September 2017), 25:

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Martin Schneider, 'Feinde im eigenen Land,' Spektrum (16 December 2018):

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

James J. Sheehan, 'Contested Conflicts,' The Times Literary Supplement, 5975 (6 October 2017), 36:

Zachary C. Shirkey, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 48, 3 (Winter 2017): 394-95.

Scott Spillman, 'War, Civil War, or Revolution,' The New Republic (30 August 2017):

Jorge Tamames, 'Definiendo la guerra civil,' Estudios de politica exterior (25 May 2018):

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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), 7:

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