ORIGINAL: Capt. Harlock
"The Better Angels of Our Natures" by Stephen Pinker. He puts together a very interesting case for the decline of not just warfare but all kinds of violence over the last three centuries. (WWI and WWII are shown to be statistical aberrations, and indeed he has a graph which makes it look plausible.) Note that Pinker is actually a scholar of linguistics rather than history, so there are some points to disagree with.
Might be an interesting read.
I struggle with violence declining, though. IMO folks are becoming much more hardened and callous toward one another.
Joking aside I suspect that as living standards rise generally, and life becomes "easier" and more "comfortable" so there is a
lessening need to resort to violence. However, I believe we humans are programmed with emotions that have evolved over thousands of years, and resorting to violence will always be there waiting for a trigger - be it hunger, envy, hatred or whatever.
22nd November 1944 - The British Pacific Fleet is born (temporary avatar changes to commemorate the ships and aircraft). HM Ships Formidable, Illustrious, Victorious