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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Yale University Press (UK)

Penguin Random House (Canada)

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Companhia das Letras (Brazil)

China CITIC Press (China)

Donzelli Editore (Italy)

Geulhangari (Korea)

Klett-Cotta Verlag (Germany)

Features and Interviews:

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

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):

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

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

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

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:

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

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

Sanford Levinson, History Book Club (February 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):

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):

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):

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):




Last updated on 05/28/2017