I’ve only recently started posting in Great Debates, so my appologies if this topic has been addressed before. I’m also no history expert, and welcome any factual corrections.
At one time, people were organized only in small clans or tribes. Eventually, these tribes unified into larger kingdoms. For instance, England was once divided among many kings who waged war against each other. Eventually, it was unified into a larger nation, as were areas throughout the world. But these nations continued to fight wars with each other. In the early to mid-twentieth century, nations such as Germany and Japan warred against other nations like England and the United States. But such wars would be virtually unthinkable today. No matter how bad relations may be at times between the U.S. and other countries, nobody seriously considers a war between America and the UK, France, Germany, Japan, or most of the other developed countries to be likely to occur. None of these countries seem likely to go to war with each other in the forseeable future. Even the United States and Russia are now allies, and the possibility of war between these two nations has grown extremely remote. It’s not just a matter of U.S. military superiority – in general, disputes among the developed nations no longer tend to be settled by warfare.
My point is, there seems to be a tendency throughout history for smaller groups to unify into larger ones, and those larger groups to form alliances with one another. As a result, larger and larger sections of the globe appear to be achieving a seemingly permanent peace with each other. Given this trend, do you think that world peace may be inevitable, perhaps even occuring in the next few centuries?