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December 30, 2010 4:20 PM

Commentary: American Civil War holds lessons for all democracies

It's virtually the only civil war in human history which didn't end in dictatorship or monarchy. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the last "gentleman's war," this fact is often forgotten. Consequently, the Civil War in the United States holds valuable lessons for democracies in times of war.

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