World War Three is now a 'serious threat', prominent historian warns

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World War Three is now a 'serious threat', a historian has warned  Credit: Rex 

The possibility of World War Three breaking out is now a very “serious threat”, a prominent economic historian has warned.

Donald Trump’s election and the Brexit vote suggests people are losing faith in globalisation and it could result in a new world conflict, Harold James of Princeton University suggests.

“I think [a world war] is absolutely a serious threat,” he said in an interview with Sky News.

“In that sense I think the aftermath of 1907 is as interesting as the 1930s.

“Because after 1907 the foreign ministries, defence ministries, intelligence agencies started to operationalise information – to think that information was essential to the control of military events – and there was a kind of arms race in terms of communications control.

“And we’re seeing that kind of arms race at the moment I think.”

Responding to political commentators comparing the 1930s, before the outbreak of World War Two, and global politics today, Professor James added: “They are very scary comparisons, but I think it is a fair comparison and you can see something that is analogous to the story of the 1920s and the 1930s.

“That is the parties in the political middle and the centre are on the whole in favour of openness, in favour of trade and in favour of migration, but they’re squeezed from both the right and the left…”

The Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight  Credit: AP

He added that the decline of globalisation has been a precursor for past global conflicts.

“We’re swinging back again from an era when everybody thought globalisation was inevitable, to a period when people think there’s really a big problem with globalisation,” he said. 

“And more and more governments, but also political movements, commentators, people on the street are thinking that globalisation just isn’t working.

“I think the movement at the moment is particularly aimed against migration.”

In January, a Doomsday Clock, which symbolises the current threat of global annihilation, was moved closer to midnight by scientists.

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