War unfortunately seems to be a constant in human history.
With the first recorded war taking place
in Mesopotamia in 2700 BCE.
With all the conflicts that humans have fought in throughout history,
we have needed to create ways to name all this wars.
So, perhaps the most common way that wars are named
is that they are named after where they were fought.
This can be seen with things
such as the Korean War, the Gaelic War,
the Falklands War, the Iraq War,
you get the idea.
Yet, some of these are even interested in their own ways
such as The Vietnam War.
While known by this name in the west,
in Vietnam itself, the war is known as The American War,
and more formally as The Resistance War.
Another name for it is The Second Indochina War
to differentiate it from the First and the Third Indochina War
that were fought in Vietnam.
Yet when wars get so big and covermultiple countries,
just one country’s name won’t suffice.
This of course led to the naming of the two most
infamous wars in human history:
World War One and World War Two.
World War One had started in 1914
and the name World War first appearedin that year, too.
First appearing in Germany as Weltkrieg
while over in France and here in Britain it was going by a different name.
在法国叫做“La Grande Guerre”在英国叫做“the Great War”
La grande guerre in French and of course The Great War here in Britain.
Logically you’d think that it wouldn’t be named
the World War One until the second one started,
like how the Playstation bacame known as the Playstation One
only when the Playstation Two came out.
God, that’s an awful analogy.
Yet the earliest known instance of it being considered the first world war came
before it had even come to an end.
In a diary entry from the 10th of September 1918,
英国海军中尉 Charles a` Court Repington
British officer lieutenant Colonel Charles à Court Repington recounted a meeting
with major Johnson of Harvard University
to discuss how historians should refer to the war.
In the diary, Charles wrote:
“Finally, we mutually agreed to call it The First World War
in order to prevent the millennium folk
from forgetting that the history of the world was the history of the war.”
I guess somewhere between having wars named after single countries
and wars being named after the whole world,
we have wars that are named after two nations.
Usually named after the nation who are taking part in the war.
The can be seen was the likes of The Anglo-Burmese war
fought between the British and Burmese between 1824 and 1885.
And the Franco-Prussian War fought between the Germans and the French.
What’s interesting in wars named like this,
however, is they seem to usually take from the country’s Latin name.
Such as with Anglo instead of English
and Franco instead of French.
Another way we name wars is after people
who played a big impact on them.
This is most popularly seen Napoleonic wars
named after the French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
What we also have as a collection of wars between France and Britain
during the 1600s and 1700s.
During the time of colonial America
and they are all named after people ranged from British royalty
like King William’s War, Queen Anne’s War
and King George’s War.
Two wars named after relateda religious figures
like Father Rale’s War named after
missionary Sebastian Rale.
and Father Le Loutre’s War named after
French priest Jean-Louis Le Loutre.
Oddly there’s actually a sizable amount of
wars named after animals of all things.
One of these being of The Pig War,
a bizarre war at started in 1859.
Thanks to the some disputes about borders between the British and Americans,
and when a pig owned by Brit have wandered onto the land of an American farmer.
When the pig started eating the farmers’ potato,
he shot and killed the pig in a fit of rage.
The owner of the pig and the owner of the potatoes were out for a while,
and yes, this really did turn into a war.
Thankfully, however, there were no casualties.
We even have The War of The Stray Dog.
It was started in 1925 at attention
between Greece and Bulgaria and a series of conflicts between the two.
Yet, when one of Greek soldiers’ dog around across the border,
and his owner run after him,
he was shot by the Turkish side,
which led to fire on both sides
战事持续了6天 超过百人死亡 坏狗狗
lasting 6 days and over 100 deaths, bad doggy.
And of course, we have the Great Emu war.
Named for the fact that it was Australian soldiers and farmers
against 2,000 revenued Emus
各位 我并未编造 这真实发生在澳洲
Seriously guys, I’m not making this up, only in Australia.
And of course we have some outright weirdly named wars,
fought over equally weird reasons such as The War of the Oaken Bucket.
In 1325, a war broke out between the two-city states
of the Modena and Bologna.
When their rivalry went out of control,
when more dinner soldiers raided and
stole a large wooden bucket from a Bologna.
This war lasted 12 years
and poor Bologna never even got theirbucket back.
And we have The War of Jenkin’s Ear
between the British and Spanish in 1738.
The war had been in the works for a while.
But the breaking point was when British mariner
Robert Jenkins displayed his severedear parliament
blaming a Spanish coastguard for
cutting it off as punishment for smuggling.
Perhaps one of the most interesting named wars
wasn’t a war at all.
As Wikipedia puts:”It was a state of geopolitical tension.”
I’m of course talking about the Cold War between the United States and the U.S.S.R.
considered to be between 1947 and 1991.
But why was this time called at the Cold War?
Sure, Russia can get pretty chilly at times
but the cold in the Cold War is actually referring to the relationship
between US and Russia during this period.
The name was actually coined by Bernard Baruch, advisors to then president
Woodrow Wilson in 1947.
Another way that we name war is after the duration of the war.
This can range from anything between the 6 Day War
交战方有以色列 约旦 埃及 叙利亚
between Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Syria,
to a set for 100 years’ wars between France and Britain.
Though what’s interesting about the 100 Years’ war is
the first was actually 116 years long.
And the second 126 years long.
But I guess just 100 years sounds much better.
“嗨 Patrick 你讲历史怎么不带我”
“Hi, Patrick, are you talking about a history without me?”
“Hilbert, what are you doing in my neck of the woods?”
“Well, I overheard you talking about wars over here,
“specifically wars named after their duration.
“And you left out the 80 Years War.”
“Well, sorry Hill, but I left that a fair few wars in this video.
“What’s so fascinating about the 80 Years War?”
“What’s so fascinating about it?”
“Yeah, Ich kenn dich, I can know that.”
“It was a mighty struggle of the fledgling Dutch Republic
against the might of the Spanish empire .
“And it’s is the reason why today we’re free to
ride bikes from windmills to windmills,
“eating our sloppy waffles selling ourtulips to tourists.
“Hey, guys, why don’t you and Patrick come over
to my channel History with Hibert.
“After you’ve watched this video and watch my latest video
on this most pivotal of wars.”
“Well, I guess we should go learn some history with Hilbert.”
-See what I did there.-Ich danke dir.
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