David Armitage

VENUE:National Liberty Museum

What Makes a War “Civil”?

About the Event


Civil Wars: A History in IdeasIn his new book, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas, David Armitage reports that the world has shifted from the era of wars between states to an era of wars within states and that such wars are longer, more likely to recur, and wreak more destruction than the wars that preceded them. What makes a war "civil," and what do the trends in civil wars portend for the future? We will explore these questions and more as we grapple with the roots and dynamics of civil war. 



David ArmitageArmitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is also an Affiliated Professor in the Harvard Department of Government, an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School, an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney.

Books will be on sale following the event. 


National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19106


Free for FPRI Members at the $100 Level and members of NLM.

$10 for Non-Members

Dinner immediately following exclusively for Bronze Partners of FPRI. 

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For more information, please contact Rachel Hemler at [email protected] or at 215-732-3774 ext. 112.


David Armitage

David Armitage