A condition of peace may obscure unresolved contradictions and injustices. These may result, on termination of a war, from the imposition of peace agreements which are deemed inequitable and unjust. They may also result, in the absence of war, from the progressive reinforcement of an international order which privileges some groups and countries at the expense of others.
The [Treaty of Versailles] terminating World War I was perceived as unjust and contributed to the buildup of resentment in Germany resulting eventually in World War II. The peace currently prevailing between industrialized and developing countries can be considered unjust in that many are deprived of a minimum standard of living, whilst a few are able to sustain a very high standard of living.