Why do people call it a civil war, when there's nothing civil about it?
- Chances68Lv 76 months ago
You misunderstand the term. Civil is not used in describing a war as a commentary of the manners and polite behavior of the people, nor as a commentary on specifically how the war is prosecuted ("excuse me, sir, but I am going to fire a cannon down the stream bed, please have your people clear the path..."), but rather as an indicator that the war is between people of the same country.
- skeptikLv 76 months ago
A Civil War is one that takes place within a nation, rather than between two nations.
Technically speaking, the American Revolutionary War was a civil war between the British subjects living in the colonies and those representing the King. They didn't become two separate nations until after the war ended.
- Katie MLv 76 months ago
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relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters.
In other words, it's a war that would not be started by the military.