On the Genealogy of Quarrels

David Armitage


This essay responds to the suggestions and critiques made by contributors to the forum on my recent book, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (2017). In particular, I reply to claims that the book too sharply distinguished Greek and Roman conceptions of civil conflict and that I was insufficiently attentive to the emerging boundaries between civil war and other kinds of conflict; I also consider suggestions that would have expanded my consideration of “global civil war”; the role of inclusion and exclusion in conceptions of civil war; the relation between civil war and conceptions of statehood; and the applicability of my analysis to conflicts I did not consider, such as the Spanish Civil War.

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