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There have been two atomic wars since 1990, and it is implied that Montag's country emerged from those wars relatively unscathed, as Montag muses that the rest of the world hates his country for its superior position, which it gained through cruelty and narcissism. The impact of those atomic wars on the people in this society is not detailed, but it seems to have contributed to the society's rejection of books and thought, and addiction to thrills that take up all the time that might otherwise be spent in melancholy thoughts. The disasters of the previous atomic wars and the gradual deteroriation of life overall seem to have led society to embrace anything that would prevent it from reflection.
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