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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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 ... one of the first African-American 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-colon ... In some cases, superpowers would superimpose Cold War ideology onto local conflicts, while in others local actors using Cold War ideology would attract the attention of a ... Using a separate statistical evaluation than used above for interventions, civil wars that included pro- or anti-communist forces lasted 141% longer than the average ...
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 ...
Operation Barras - Background
... See also British 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 square miles)—simila ... In 2000, the country had been consumed by a civil war since 1991 ... were a militia group who had been involved in the civil war ...
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 ... out to the general public, acting as an agent of the Treasury Department, personally led a war bond drive that netted approximately $1.5 billion for Treasury ...

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

    We have heard all of our lives how, after the Civil War was over, the South went back to straighten itself out and make a living again. It was for many years a voiceless part of the government. The balance of power moved away from it—to the north and the east. The problems of the north and the east became the big problem of the country and nobody paid much attention to the economic unbalance the South had left as its only choice.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973)

    No spoon has yet destroyed a mouth, but the knife of war cuts portions that are hard to swallow. Perhaps the big mouths of the privileged are able to cope with them, but they dull the teeth of the little people and ruin their stomachs.
    Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872)

    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)