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Armitage studies imperial, international, and intellectual history at Harvard University
Harvard University is a private Ivy League university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation chartered in the country...
where he is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History. Armitage graduated from the University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...
, and spent 2000 and 2001 on a fellowship at Harvard, before moving there from Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...
in the fall of 2004. He is the author of The Ideological Origins of the British Empire
(2000), Greater Britain, 1516–1776: Essays in Atlantic History
(2004), and The Declaration of Independence: A Global History
(2007); the editor of Theories of Empire, 1450–1800
(1998), Grotius’s The Free Sea
(2004), Bolingbroke's Political Writings
(1997), and British Political Thought in History, Literature and Theory
(2006); and the co-editor of Milton and Republicanism
(1995), The British Atlantic World, 1500–1800
(2nd edn., 2009), Shakespeare and Early Modern Political Thought
(2009) and The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760-1840
(2010). He is currently working on a history of ideas of civil war from Rome to Iraq, a study of the foundations of modern international thought and an edition of John Locke
John Locke FRS , widely known as the Father of Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social...
’s colonial writings.
He is married to Harvard history professor Joyce Chaplin
Joyce Chaplin is James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. After receiving her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1986, she taught at Vanderbilt University in Nashville for fourteen years . She became Professor of History at Harvard in 2000...