Civil War - Historic or Contemporary

 By: Michael Russell Platinum Expert Author
When we think of Civil War, what immediately comes to mind are the two main confrontations most people remember - depending on which part of the world you come from. I refer, of course, to the American Civil War and the Civil War in England.

Naturally, if you are from a one of these countries, your interest and knowledge would be much more in tune with the one you are most familiar. Of course they both had an enormous significance not in their own countries but also from a worldwide perspective.

Most people outside the United States, understand that the American Civil War was instrumental in ending the abomination of slavery in that country. Now, that from a "foreigner's" point of view, would be the main issue to have come out of that unfortunate confrontation. You may say why unfortunate, but I maintain that loss of life in wartime is unfortunate.

The Civil War in England between Oliver Cromwell's parliamentary forces and the Cavaliers of King Charles I, produced the world's first attempt at Parliamentary democracy and the much-maligned Cromwell has to be credited with being the first man to follow the principle that the power of a nation should be with the people, not with one person. There was enough people around, however, not to agree with his views and the ensuing battles became fierce and bloody.

Both these wars left their mark on us as a world for the reasons I have just mentioned and we can use them as an example of what can come out of these battles. I am sure that none of us would have wished them to have happened if only for the death count, but I am not going to judge here what the balance should be in loss of life against the political outcome of a war.

Let's move on to the 20th and 21st century. Out of sight and, unfortunately, out of mind, we have probably had civil war taking place in all four corners of the world on a regular basis. The difference is that it is sometimes difficult to see why battles are being waged. I wonder if it is because we are being "fed" information almost daily about these troubled spots and for that very reason, we have become accustomed to the violence and almost come to the point of acceptance because it is "over there" and does not affect us.

I look with interest at the moment at the situation in Iraq. The coalition forces set about their task, completed it to that satisfaction of the powers that be. This left the local folk with the option of setting up government. As I see it, that nation is no better off now that when the occupying forces stopped firing bullets. Divisions are greater in this civil war situation than they have been for a long time.

I personally now look at civil wars in a different light. The two, described first in this article, seemed to have achieved something and developed our society in a certain way. I wonder, if in today's world, we will see the power brokers in the current civil war conflicts throughout the world, sit down and discuss peace for the benefit or all within a war-torn community.
loading...
Author: Platinum Expert Author
Artice Source: http://www.articlesphere.com
Article Tags: civil war

Related Articles in Civil Wars


People interested in the above article are also interested in the related articles listed below:

When people think of the American Civil War, they often only think of the fighters (infantry, cavalry and artillery). This is natural, because they are the ones that make the story exciting. In actuality, the numbers of fighters in an army are usually in the minority.
Thomas J. Jackson, known as Stonewall Jackson throughout the South, emerged from a series of battles from March to June of 1862 as the greatest hero of the confederacy. While there was no battle fought in this campaign on the scale of Bull Run or Shiloh, the overall effects for Southern morale were immeasurable.
April 8th 1865 brought realization to the soldiers in Lee's army that the writing was on the wall but surrender was the last option for Lee who wanted to keep his army in the field for as long as he could. He decided that one more effort would be made.

More in Civil Wars

Excellent, Larry. Thank you for taking the new article directory technology and making it work to the max. I encourage everyone to keep contributing and contributing regularly. I can attest to the fact that this site is already a strong directory in a field of many. Kudos to Larry!

Matthew C. Keegan
The Article Writer

 

I find it a delight to use both as an author and a publisher. It is full of nice little surprises that make the whole process of writing, reading and publishing articles a complete delight. This is one that comes out tops and beats the rest hands down.

Eric Garner
Managing Director
ManageTrainLearn

 

I did a Google search and came across your site. It was exactly what I was looking for and was elated to find such a broad range of articles. As I am launching a free magazine in a small town in Florida, I wanted to be as resourceful as possible while still being able to provide some content that is interesting and well written. Your site has all the variables in the mix. Excellent Site hitting all the notes in the scale sort of speak.

Mo Montana
Florida, USA

Article Topics

 
Copyright © 2005 - by Larry Lim, Singapore - Article Search Engine Directory at ArticleSphere.com™
All Rights Reserved Worldwide. All Trademarks and Servicemarks are the property of the respective owners.
ArabicBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CzechDanishDutchEnglishEstonianFinnishFrenchGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIndonesianItalianJapaneseKoreanLatvianLithuanianNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwedishThaiTurkishUkranianVietnamese