Civil War
(1,531 words)

1. Definition

A civil war is an armed conflict between national, political, or religious groups within a country, often with the support of foreign powers. Frequent causes include violent regime change, efforts of regional ethnic groups to secede (Regionalism; Nation, nationalism), and religious or confessional conflicts between majorities and minorities in a country (Religion, wars of). Historical studies…

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Esser, Raingard, “Civil War”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017904>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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