posted on Feb, 4 2009 @ 04:31 PM
reply to post by Dark Jester
In a civil war if the one's who initiated the break away win, and form one of two options
A. A new government over the entire Country, as in, the people who rose up and won created a new government which is established for all the
pre-existing lands, then that is in fact a Revolution. Think of the French Revolutions and the English Revolutions.
B. A new separate Government is established but is not the ruling government over the entire land from which they broke away, then that is in fact a
Revolution -- think .. the American Revolution, which was a civil war, which once won, was a Revolutionary war.
If the war is fought and those who rise up loose, it is seen as a civil affair, where two parts of a singular Country fight with organized armies over
a variety of reasons. Once lost, and the Country (boundary of political power) remains unchanged, then it was a Civil War.
The south, like the original colonies, declared their formation of a new Confederation of their several Countries combined. The Federal Government
then attacked them, defeated them, burned it to the ground and put in place it's own political leaders. Thus, a civil war.
Had the South won, and a new Federation created, we would have been calling it the Southern Revolutionary War.
[edit on 2/4/2009 by Rockpuck]