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David Armitage

Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair


David Armitage

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, he co-chairs the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History.

He is currently working on a longue-durée history of treaty-making and treaty-breaking and completing and an edition of John Locke’s colonial writings. He is the author of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Foundations of Modern International Thought (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (Harvard University Press, 2007), The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and co-author of The History Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In addition, Armitage is the editor or co-editor of eleven books, among them Oceanic Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2018), The Law of Nations in Global Context (Oxford University Press, 2017), Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014), The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760–1840 (Red Globe Press, 2009), and The British Atlantic World, 1500–1800 (Palgrave Macmillan, revised edition, 2009).


  • Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University