In the opening years of the 21st century which followed the bloodiest yet in human history, war casts a curious shadow. Out of the carnage and brutality of total war a series of finance, production and trade networks has emerged that has intertwined the economic interests of so many states and societies that many have begun to think that war is on the wane, at least among those that have the good fortune to be part of these networks. For those excluded from these links intrastate ethnic and tribal wars, as well as organized anti-systemic violence, is carrying on as before. In some cases the situation has even worsened as these networks have become more interlinked. Regardless of whether you liked it or detested it, whether you thought it was changing everything or changing nothing, it was extraordinarily hard to avoid.
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