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This war over the English and Norman throne is named because it led to a lack of effective government.
This series of protests, demonstrations and wars in the Middle East actually started in December but is named for a different season.
This series of Iroquois conquests was partly caused by the European demand for the fur of a certain animal.
This war was fought over whether the Scottish church should be governed by the namesake clergymen.
This rebellion against foreign influence in China was started by the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists, whose members practiced martial arts.
This conflict was fought between the indigenous Maya people of southern Mexico and Europeans of Spanish descent, who were legally guaranteed a higher social status.
These conflicts centered around fishing rights in a disputed area around Iceland's territorial waters.
This name is given to a series of civil wars that almost destroyed the Roman Empire during the namesake period.
235 AD-284 AD
This destructive foreign invasion of Poland and Lithuania is named after its metaphorical similarity to a destructive flood.
In this colonial war, the Maori chief Hone Heke repeatedly cut down a symbol of British authority.
This rebellion against the World War I draft is named for either a Native American ceremony, or the food that the rebels planned to eat while marching to Washington.
William the Conqueror fought this destructive conflict in order to secure his authority over northern England.
Despite its name, this war actually lasted 116 years.
This conflict occurred in Nigeria when members of the namesake group protested the loss of their traditional rights, including freedom from taxation.
This was a political conflict in Fort Bend, Texas involving two factions, both named after birds, one representing white Democrats and the other representing black Republicans.
The namesake of this war was not a European ruler, but a Wampanoag Indian chief.
The name of this conflict between South African tribes is the Zulu word for 'crushing' or 'scattering'.
This series of protests surrounding the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election was named for the color used as a symbol by one of the candidates.
These two wars were triggered by the Qing Dynasty's attempts to stop the UK from trading in a certain narcotic drug.
1839-1842 and 1856-1860
This French invasion of Mexico started when a French cook claimed Mexican soldiers had looted his shop, which sold the namesake item.
In this conflict, two rival fur trading companies fought over the supply of a food made from meat, fat and berries.
This name is given to the early period of World War II, during which neither side launched a major offensive.
This boundary dispute occurred when an American settler shot a farm animal belonging to the British citizen.
This conflict, which was resolved diplomatically with no actual fighting, is named for what the soldiers ate while waiting for battle to start.
This war involved a king of Epirus whose name has become a byword for anything gained at an excessively high cost.
280 BC-275 BC
This naval conflict between the U.S. and France is named because it was never officially declared by Congress.
Henry VIII started this conflict in order to force the Scots to agree to a marriage between his son and the infant Mary, Queen of Scots.
This conflict, involving the only military coup in Australia's history, actually had little to do with the namesake sugarcane-based beverage.
This war is named because it lasted less than a week.
This war started after violent riots occurred during a World Cup qualifying game between the two countries involved.
This war, fought between Rome and its former Italian allies, is named after the Latin word for 'allies' and had nothing to do with networks or media.
91 BC-88 BC
This euphemistic term refers to a series of religious and political conflicts in Northern Ireland.
This conflict started when Canada accused Spain of overfishing a species otherwise known as Greenland halibut.
Because it was peaceful and bloodless, this revolution, which toppled the communist government of Czechoslovakia, is named after a smooth fabric.
In this war, Louis XIV tried to enforce his claim to the Netherlands, which was based on a legal theory that daughters should inherit before sons of later marriages.
This war was provoked by an incident in which a Spanish naval officer boarded an English vessel and cut off the namesake body part.
This war is named for an item which some soldiers from Modena stole from Bologna, and which may have been used to hold well water.
In this conflict, Bulgaria invaded Greece after a Greek soldier allegedly ran across the border to chase the namesake pet.
This war involved the king of France, the king of Navarre and the duke of Guise, who all had the same name.
This war was fought between Castile, Aragon and Navarre, whose kings all had the same name as Don Quixote's sidekick.
These English civil wars were fought between two houses, both of which used a certain flower as a heraldic symbol.
In this rebellion, farmers attempted to stop George Washington's administration from collecting taxes on a certain distilled alcoholic beverage.
This war is named for a Chinese phrase meaning 'five barbarian tribes,' though it sounds like an exclamation of joy.
304 AD-316 AD
In this ancient Chinese war, a rebel group, whose members wore a certain kind of headgear, tried to overthrow the Han Dynasty.
184 AD-205 AD
This war began with a surprise attack launched on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
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