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Civil Wars in History was supported by the UCD School of History and the UCD Humanities Institute. It took place on 10/11 September 2021. Papers and panels covered a range of themed topics from the early modern period to the twentieth century.

Michael Laffan

Emeritus Professor UCD

Civil Wars in History

The Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin, in collaboration with the Society for the History of War, hosted Civil Wars in History, an online conference on the global history of civil wars (c. 1500-2000).

The conference was supported by the UCD School of History and the UCD Humanities Institute. It took place on 10/11 September 2021. Papers and panels covered a range of themed topics from the early modern period to the twentieth century.

Despite much scholarly attention to the widespread phenomenon of internal armed conflicts, comparative histories of civil wars remain a remarkably under-developed area of historical research, particularly for Europe in the modern period. The conference organisers sought to address this by considering the origins, forms, and consequences of civil wars across time and space, thereby bringing scholars from different disciplines (Sociology, Politics, History, and Literature) together.

Videos of Conference Keynotes

Conference keynotes by Stathis Kalyvas (Oxford), Penny Roberts (Warwick), David Appleby (Nottingham), and David Armitage (Harvard) are now available to watch (on Youtube) and to podcast (on Soundcloud, Apple, and Spotify).

KEYNOTE 1

The (Changing?) Logic of Civil Wars by Professor Stathis Kalyvas (Oxford)

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KEYNOTE 2

Civil and Uncivil Wars in the Early Modern Period by Prof Penny Roberts (Warwick) and Dr. David J. Appleby (Nottingham)

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KEYNOTE 3

Ideas of Civil Wars by Professor David Armitage (Harvard)

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Videos of Conference Keynotes

The podcasts of the keynotes are available to download from Apple and available to stream from Spotify and Soundcloud.

Image: Red Guards and Russians fighting on the red side in Ruovesi, Pirkanmaa, Finland, 1918 Julius Jääskeläinen, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Image: Red Guards and Russians fighting on the red side in Ruovesi, Pirkanmaa, Finland, 1918 Julius Jääskeläinen, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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