What is civil war?

  • (noun): A war between factions in the same country.

Civil War

A civil war is a war between organized groups within the same nation state or republic, or, less commonly, between two countries created from a formerly united nation state. The aim of one side may be to take control of the country or a region, to achieve independence for a region, or to change government policies. The term is a calque of the Latin bellum civile which was used to refer to the various civil wars of the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.

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Banking In The United States - Rise of Investment Banks - Civil War
... During the Civil War, banking houses were syndicated to meet the federal government's need for money to fund its war efforts ... public, acting as an agent of the Treasury Department, personally led a war bond drive that netted approximately $1.5 billion for Treasury ...
Operation Barras - Background
... military intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War Sierra Leone is a former British colony in West Africa, close to the equator, with an area of 71,740 square kilometres (27,700 ... In 2000, the country had been consumed by a civil war since 1991 ... The West Side Boys were a militia group who had been involved in the civil war ...
USS Metacomet (1863) - Civil War
... Metacomet and 17 other ships entered Mobile Bay in a double column on 5 August 1864 ... In the ensuing battle Metacomet and other Union ships captured Confederate ram CSS Tennessee, a major threat to the blockaders at Mobile ...
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina - History
... With the advent of the Civil War, Battery Gary and an adjacent floating battery between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island were instrumental in defense of the town, as well as attacks on Fort Sumter ... As a result of the Civil War, slaves who worked the area plantations were free to seek their own enterprise ... communities to be formed in Charleston after the Civil War which still exists today in Mount Pleasant ...
Duration of Civil Wars - Effect of The Cold War
... The Cold War (1945–1989) provided a global network of material and ideological support that perpetuated civil wars, which were mainly fought in weak ex-col ... In some cases, superpowers would superimpose Cold War ideology onto local conflicts, while in others local actors using Cold War ideology would attract ... a separate statistical evaluation than used above for interventions, civil wars that included pro- or anti-communist forces lasted 141% longer than the average ...

Famous quotes containing the words civil war, war and/or civil:

    To the cry of “follow Mormons and prairie dogs and find good land,” Civil War veterans flocked into Nebraska, joining a vast stampede of unemployed workers, tenant farmers, and European immigrants.
    —For the State of Nebraska, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    We had won. Pimps got out of their polished cars and walked the streets of San Francisco only a little uneasy at the unusual exercise. Gamblers, ignoring their sensitive fingers, shook hands with shoeshine boys.... Beauticians spoke to the shipyard workers, who in turn spoke to the easy ladies.... I thought if war did not include killing, I’d like to see one every year. Something like a festival.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928)

    The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect as human beings, the God-given right to be a human being. Our common goal is to obtain the human rights that America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored. We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans.
    Malcolm X (1925–1965)