David Armitage, Professor of History at Harvard, is a specialist in the international history of ideas. He studied English at Cambridge, gained a PhD in history and taught at Columbia. Among Armitage’s influential studies arThe Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007) and Foundations of International Modern Thought (2013). The History Manifesto (2014), a book on the importance of history and historians which he wrote with Jo Guldi, is widely acclaimed inside as well as outside academic history departments. David Armitage is currently writing a book entitled Civil War: A History in Ideas. In 2015, he received the Cambridge LittD, the university’s highest research degree.