The Shortest War in History Lasted Less Than An Hour

How do you define a war? Should both sides have a fair chance of winning? Is a coup within a protectorate justified as war? Does the conflict end even if the reigning individual survives amidst desolation and complete destruction of his kingdom? And how short do you think the shortest war in history was? A few minutes, maybe about an hour, a day at large if you account for the mundane details. That’s how long the Anglo-Zanzibar war lasted. Was it fair to call it a war?

Anglo-Zanzibar war

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Soldiers at the palace of the Sultan of Zanzibar, circa 1880 –1920.


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