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    Is this the most peaceful the World has ever been?

    So I haven't been able to find any data to quantify this claim, but I've heard from folks and random articles without sources that we are in the most peaceful period of recorded human history. Personally I don't think that's very true but of course my idea is shouted down by "you're biased because it looks like there's more war because of media coverage". And to that I have nothing else to say.

    So what do you folks think?
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    What about 1946?

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    I agree with the statement; as surreal as it sounds, nuclear weaponry has proven to be the great peacemaker of our time.

    And of course, by 'war', we're referring to general war in the fashion of the World Wars, or direct conflicts between the great powers.
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
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    The western 'world' is not the actual world...
    So no, I do not believe it's the most peaceful it's ever been.

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    Comparing it to other times, I'd say it's better than it used to be.

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    in recorded history ?
    Absolutely not.
    There are more small scale conflicts, and countries that are in the middle of revolt now than there was a couple of hundred years ago.
    Back then they did not have the technology that we do now meaning that even if there was a war it was limited to a set field of battle which would have taken days, weeks, or months to get to depending on its location and who was the aggressor and who was defending. It was not possible to have an entire country under attack, or in a state of civil war as it is now.

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    Not more or less peaceful than at any time in history (maybe except WWII).

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    I think the 90s were nicer.
    Still bitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokru View Post
    Not more or less peaceful than at any time in history (maybe except WWII).
    It's probably less, since the risk of general war is vastly less if nonexistent.
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rukh View Post
    I think the 90s were nicer.
    Rwandan genocide says hello.

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    For the western world, it most certainly is. The same cannot be said for everyone else.

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    Personally, I think there might be a lot of bias concerning this depending on where you live. In the U.S., for example, where a long way away from any war front, so it's deceptively peaceful. I wouldn't make any claims before going to any of the more war-torn areas though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Didactic View Post
    I agree with the statement; as surreal as it sounds, nuclear weaponry has proven to be the great peacemaker of our time.

    And of course, by 'war', we're referring to general war in the fashion of the World Wars, or direct conflicts between the great powers.
    mutual assured destruction is not peace
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    that statement is probably accurate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aethon View Post
    mutual assured destruction is not peace
    Why isn't it? Having active deterrents is not the same as being at war with another power.
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
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    There is a modern myth that people have always tended towards democracy, constitutions, electoral rights; but in truth, love of freedom has never been the predominant note of popular politics. At most times, popular demand has been for a strong government.
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    Globalization has led to increased economic dependence between countries, wich makes us less likely to attack each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akinaria View Post
    What about 1946?
    4 years away from Korea and most of the world is still fucked from WW2.

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    Yes, this is the most peaceful period in recorded history, far and away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RICH1471 View Post
    4 years away from Korea and most of the world is still fucked from WW2.
    Not to mention the nuclear deterrent had not come into play yet.
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
    - Thucydides

    There is a modern myth that people have always tended towards democracy, constitutions, electoral rights; but in truth, love of freedom has never been the predominant note of popular politics. At most times, popular demand has been for a strong government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gruyaka View Post
    Rwandan genocide says hello.
    Did not effect most of the world, which is what this thread is about. There is always war, it just varies how much.

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