Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Status quo ante bellum

I was reading about the Treaty of Ghent and an interesting term came up and it was........

Status quo ante bellum
The term status quo ante bellum comes from Latin meaning literally, as things were before the war. The term was originally used in treaties to refer to the withdrawal of enemy troops and the restoration of prewar leadership. When used as such, it means that no side gains or loses territory or economic and political rights. This contrasts with uti possidetis, where each side retains whatever territory and other property it holds at the end of the war.

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