International Community - History


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The beginning of human civilization in prehistory and antiquity presented conditions for some early ancestors, with fertile areas and an ecological niche to prosper and migrate. The population growth of segregated groups and clans achieved tasks at a faster pace with a level of group effectiveness. There was early tribal warfare and a survival of the fittest, where groups clashed in a conflict of interest and a competition of resources, later tactics were devised to divide and rule and at some point the concept of a value system emerged.

The political, military and economic strategy of gaining and maintaining authority produced the earliest forms of tribal chiefs, monarchies, dictatorship, imperialism and colonialism, instigated with various methods and aims. The uprising and demands of citizens developed democracy and popular sovereignty, which today continues in a resurgence of ideas and hopes, for example equality and freedom.

The modern age of industrialisation began and advanced technology started a renewed capacity for conflict, enduring World War I and World War II with the threat of the atomic age, lead to greater co-operation and an acceptance of concessions, for agreements between nations. The use of international agreements is an acknowledgement that the parties involved recognise a common understanding. The United Nations was established in 1945 for dialogue and progress. The UN remains a central part of global unity and on occasion still achieves unanimous resolutions at the General Assembly and Security Council. The development of regional groups, economic communities and continental unions continue to maintain the relation and partnership of sovereign countries.

After World War II, during the 1960s and 1970s began the space age and information age that increased the quantity of scientific achievement and collaboration different cultures worked on to develop. The modern globalization of popular culture, mass tourism and aviation expanded together with economic and social interdependence. The arts, sports and sciences that are shared and enjoyed between ethnic groups form an essential foundation to solidarity and intercultural co-operation.

A mutual respect or reciprocal altruism in friendship and trust are traits of a social structure and a community of people, across distances and areas with other people, familiar and unknown. The exchange of experiences and identifying with individuals are also common to human nature and civil society.

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