Civil Wars: A History in Ideas

TitleCivil Wars: A History in Ideas
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsArmitage, David
Number of Pages318
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven, CT

Civil war is one of the least understood of the various forms of human aggression. Ideas of what civil wars are, and what they are not, have had a long tradition of academic and political debate. In Civil Wars, David Armitage studies this form of conflict throughout history: from ancient Rome to the present day, passing through the Renaissance, the revolutions of the last four centuries, the civil war in the United States, the Spanish Civil War.... Through thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, Sidney, Clausewitz..., who theorized about them, he establishes a genealogy of the sometimes erroneous notions of what a civil war is. 

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