Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

Why do people call it a civil war, when there's nothing civil about it?

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  • 6 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.

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  • 6 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.

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  • 6 months ago



    Learn to pronounce



    relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters.

    "civil aviation"

    In other words, it's a war that would not be started by the military.

    • skeptik
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      6 months agoReport

      It could be started by the military, it's just that they'd be fighting against their fellow countrymen, rather than some other country.

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