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" Roughly stated: are conflicts caused by who people are, whether that be defined in terms of ethnicity, religion or other social affiliation, or do conflicts begin because it is in the economic best interests of individuals and groups to start them?"
For Wikki Assignment #3 I am evaluating this source on the Civil War.
The article is extremely neutral when explaining the Civil War, without siding with the Confederates or the Union. This is a very broad topic, so of course every little battle could not be included, but it does allow room to explain the Civil War as whole without leaning towards one side.
The links for each citation work and is a credible source. Obviously the Civil War is a really broad subject and there is a lot of information out there about the Civil War, so checking each source was time consuming, but worth it to know that the are reliable sources.
The cited language, "Two nations [within the U.S.] developed because of slavery," is actually from the book being reviewed, not the linked website.
The language is clearly being used figuratively, not literally as implied by the Wikipedia article.
This kind of rhetoric is often used by advocates of the Confederacy to argue that what we deem the American Civil War was in fact a war of invasion by the north. Not wishing to re-litigate that particular debate, but suffice to say that it is a distinctly minority view among reputable historians.
A war between two states is, by definition, not a "civil war."
Recommend changing the opening sentence to simply read: "A civil war, also known as an intrastate war in polemology, is a war between organized groups within the same state or country." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 12:45, 13 April 2017 (UTC)
Done the new language suggested isn't perfect either, but it's an obvious improvement. An outcome of a civil war may be one nation splitting into two. Power~enwiki (talk) 04:56, 26 May 2017 (UTC)
Semi-protected edit request on 17 June 2017 -- 'II' >> 'World War II' miniscule typo
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In the opening summary, the text currently reads "138 intrastate conflicts between the end of II and 2000 saw international intervention", with II linking to the WWII page; please change 'II' to 'World War II' in order to combat ambiguity and confusion. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:48, 17 June 2017 (UTC)