David Armitage

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This page reflects a scholar's association with the Folger Institute.

Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University where he teaches intellectual history and international history; he is also an affiliated professor in the Harvard Government Department and an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Law School. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, among them Milton and Republicanism (co-edited, 1995), British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory, 1500-1800 (co-edited, 2006) and Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought (co-edited, 2009); his most recent works are Foundations of Modern International Thought (2013), The History Manifesto (co-authored, 2014), The Law of Nations in Global History (co-edited, 2017) and Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (forthcoming from Knopf and Yale UP in February 2017). He is currently completing an edition of John Locke’s colonial writings for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke and starting a new project on the intellectual and cultural history of treaties from the early modern period to the present.

Scholarly Programs

Panel chair, Political Thought in Times of Crisis, 1640-1660 (Symposium, 2016-2017)

Speaker, Where Was British Political Thought in England, c. 1600–1642? (Symposium, 2013–2014)

Director, The Foundations of Modern International Thought, 1494–1713 (Seminar, 2001–2002)

Co-director (with David Scott Kastan), Puzzling Evidence (Colloquium, 1999–2000)

Visiting Speaker, From Darcy to Molyneux: Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (Seminar, 1996–1997)


Steering Committee, Center for the History of British Political Thought