Over in the Civ3 general discussions forum, I mentioned that there have been nine world wars since the 17th century. A few people asked me questions about this, and since I haven't had time to go to my local library, I did the next best thing and surfed around on the Net for references. A lot of Americans, including myself, would have learned about the nine world wars during their high school history class (if they were awake). One of the standard textbooks, _The American Pageant_, devotes a section to these wars. I highly recommend _The American Pageant_ as a valuable, and very readable, reference on US history. (Unfortunately I no longer have my copy and will have to track down a new one.) I'll follow this post with a list of the wars. Hopefully more discussion will follow.