Which war is more interesting to study from a military and historical standpoint: the American Civil War or World War I?

More interesting War to study?

  • WW1

    Votes: 18 69.2%
  • American Civil War

    Votes: 8 30.8%

  • Total voters
    26

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
"The American civil war mental attitude remained deeply entrenched for long during the 20th century"

after 81 years , Vicksburg celebrated the 4th of July again in 1944 during a visit by general Eisenhower
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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SoCal
"The American civil war mental attitude remained deeply entrenched for long during the 20th century"

after 81 years , Vicksburg celebrated the 4th of July again in 1944 during a visit by general Eisenhower
After not celebrating it for 81 years?
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
@ Futurist " After not celebrating it for 81 years? "

there might have been some private celebrations but the city authorities remembered the 4th of July as the day the city capitulated to Grant after a two months siege
 
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Dec 2014
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Wales
From a historic point of view, WW1. It produced such profound changes on the world, both political and social, that I believe it is probably the most significant point of the entire twentieth century.

Birth of communism? Check;
End of multiple empires - including the remnants of two of the great empires from history? Check;
Laid the foundations for the birth of fascism and WW2? Check;

Sorry, but the impact of the ACW doesn't even come close.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
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Sydney
and the butcher bill ...!
at least ten millions dead , about as much maimed for life
many more millions scared by famine and destruction

for the American civil war the number is about one million ,
even if it was disproportionate for the south , who lost the very seed of its nation
 
Nov 2019
338
United States
For us Americans the Civil War is significant for many reasons both socially, and politically. The Republican Party was formed for the purpose of abolition, which was accomplished; the nation ended slavery which was a scourge on our founding principles. It did not end the Democratic Party's reliance on hatred, as they were the ones who founded Jim Crow laws through-out the South and encouraged the Ku Klux Klan, and attempted to deny for several more generations the right to vote for African-Americans.

It is important to remember that for the United States it was the largest war we ever fought. Deaths in the ACW exceeded 680,000, that was a 2.06% of the total population of the nation at that time. By comparison, WW2 resulted in only 0.4% of population. That would have meant a death toll of 2,678,780 in WW2 occurring to compete with the deaths of the Civil War instead of the 550,000 who actually died. In Britain in 1940 the population was 49,600,000, for similar deaths to have occurred during the WW2 that would have required 1,022,057 deaths, while in reality the deaths during WW2 in Britain were only 449,700, and during WW1 895,000. (Population of Britain in 1914= 46m, percentile of population killed in WW1 = 1.9%)

So though I have previously posted that for me WW1 was more significant in it's Global effect and import, the impact within the United States was larger for the ACW. Two diametrically opposite considerations.

It's also good to remember that Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic Party President at the time of WW1 was a quiet fan of the KKK.
 
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