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Wars in the History of Mankind

For all the tribulations in our lives, for all the troubles that remain in the world, the decline of violence is an accomplishment we can savor, and an impetus to cherish the forces of civilization and enlightenment that made it possible.

Pinker, Steven. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (p. 696).


And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

(King James Bible, Isaiah)


The Great Peace towards which people of good will throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of which seers and poets for countless generations have expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the promise, is now at long last within the reach of the nations. For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet -- in the words of one great thinker, "the planetization of mankind".

(The Universal House of Justice, 1985 Oct, The Promise of World Peace, p. 1)


Eighty-five wars or conflicts are listed in tblPeriodMinor. Each war is linked to all movies about that war. Download War_minor_periods.docx to see the 9-page Word document with wars, time periods, and comments. See the Movies page to see movies linked to each war.