Historical Differences That Weaken the Peloponnesian Analogy
The situation today is different from that faced by Thucydides and the protagonists of World War I. There is now an open trading system and nuclear deterrence is in place. Civilians also lead key nations, not military strategists. Command and control can be compromised today if a leader uses military force to seek advantage. Aristocratic classes no longer rule nations and attacked peoples will likely rebel.
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