David Armitage introduced by Vedica Kant


For much of recorded history, the most frequent, horrific, destructive and yet strangely overshadowed form of collective human violence has been civil war. It has shattered communities and scarred imaginations as much as it has shaped nations and staged pivotal moments in world history. Its poorest have suffered civil war, with their impact being estimated at about $100 billion per annum. Civil war is also big business. Economists, political scientists, aid agencies, development strategists and governments put major resources into examining the factors that cause civil war, what determines its intensity and duration, In this session, Harvard historian David Armitage defines and describes civil war over two millennia, from ancient Roman ‘bellum civile’ to today, with Iraq and Syria as prominent hotspots for concern and debate.