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Harvard historian to lecture on civil war throughout history April 7

March 23, 2017 -- MSU News Service

David Armitage, a Harvard University-based historian, will speak about the 2,000 year history of civil wars across the globe at an MSU Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series lecture set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies. Photo courtesy of David Armitage.

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David Armitage, a Harvard University historian, will speak about the 2,000 year history of civil wars across the globe at a Montana State University Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series lecture set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies.

Armitage's lecture, "Civil Wars, A History of Ideas," is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.

Armitage’s lecture will place civil war in a long-range historical perspective, from the invention of civil war in republican Rome to current conflicts in Iraq and Syria. In his talk, Armitage will discuss why civil war has been so contentious for so long, and what the history of struggles over its meaning can tell us about some of our most fundamental political and ethical values.

Armitage is a British historian known for his writings on international and intellectual history. He is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University and the former chair of Harvard's Department of History. He is also an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Law School, an affiliated professor in the Harvard Department of Government and an honorary professor of history at the University of Sydney in Australia. His work combines approaches from intellectual history and international history and has ranged from the classical world to the present.

A prize-winning teacher and author, Armitage has lectured on six continents and has held research fellowships and visiting positions in Australia, Britain, France, Germany as well as the United States. He is the author or editor of 16 books, among them "The Ideological Origins of the British Empire,” "The Declaration of Independence: A Global History," "Foundations of Modern International Thought," and, with Jo Guldi, "The History Manifesto."

Armitage's talk is sponsored by the MSU Department of History and Philosophy, with support from the Office of Research and Economic Development and the MSU Humanities Institute, and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students in order to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance research connections.

For more information about this and other L&S Distinguished Speakers Series lectures, please visit www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/speakers/ or call (406) 994-4288.

Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791, jody.sanford@montana.edu