I'm inclined to agree with Catterick. Civil War means the English Civil War. Of course, if you were to ask today's youth, you might just get a blank look in response. You'd certainly get a blank look from me, unless you clarify which civil war you're talking about.
We're never taught about the American War of Independence in the UK. There's just far too much history. There's King John and the Magna Carta, there's Henry VIII, Richard III, Elizabeth I, there's the two World Wars (where the focus is primarily on how bad the trenches were and how bad blitzed Britain was - the US barely gets a mention). Heck, we even did something on the Renaissance in Italy. In GCSE history, I was taught about Nazi Germany and the Cold War, and only then when I was taught about the Cold War, did I even get a little smattering of American history and that was primarily the Cold War period.
The American War of Independence as a concept to be taught just isn't that important in the shaping of Britain. You don't need to know how America was founded in order to appreciate America's help in World War I and II. You don't need to know how America was founded to grasp its importance in the Cold War (in fact, during my history lessons on the Cold War, the American War of Independence was never mentioned). It is only important to Americans, just as the English Civil War is only important to the English.
You might be disappointed to know that we hardly even think about the topic, but you shouldn't feel so bad. We're very proud of our World Cup victory in 1966 against West Germany. There is this national myth that the Germans really care about football matches against us because of our rivalry on the football pitch and presumably our past rivalry in warfare. In reality, the Germans don't care at all and are far more invested in football matches against the Dutch. Most Germans don't even know who won the 1966 World Cup.
ask anyone British about the Civil War, and they;ll immediately think of the American one
I disagree. They might not think of any but if they do I think it will be the English one.
Seriously. You've forgotten Oliver "I-beheaded-the-king" Cromwell? However does that work?
Maybe Chukchi knows a lot of Irish people. They hate Oliver Cromwell; to them, he's analogous to Adolf Eichmann.
Edited by Wolf O'Donnell, 08 October 2013 - 01:46 PM.