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.

The term has been generalized to form the phrase "status quo" and "status quo ante". Outside this context, the term antebellum is in the United States usually associated with the period before the American Civil War, while in Europe and elsewhere with the period before World War II.

Examples

An early example was the treaty that ended the great 602–629 War between the Eastern Roman and the Sassanian Persian Empires. The Persians had occupied Asia Minor, Palestine and Egypt. After a successful Roman counteroffensive in Mesopotamia finally brought about the end of the war the integrity of Rome's eastern frontier as it was prior to 602 was fully restored. Both empires were exhausted after this war and neither were ready to defend themselves when the armies of Islam burst out of Arabia in 632.

Another example of a war that ended "status quo ante bellum" was the War of 1812 between the US and Great Britain, which was concluded with the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. During negotiations, British diplomats had suggested ending the war "uti possidetis", but the final treaty, due in large part to a resounding American victory in the Battle of Lake Champlain, left neither gains nor losses in land for the United States and the United Kingdom's Canadian colonies.

Also, the Seven Years' War (1756–1763) between Prussia and Austria concluded "status quo ante bellum." Austria tried to regain the region of Silesia, lost in the War of the Austrian Succession eight years previously, but the territory remained in the hands of the Prussians.

Another example is Iran–Iraq War (September 1980 - August 1988): "The war left the borders unchanged. Two years later, as war with the western powers loomed, Saddām recognized Iranian rights over the eastern half of the Shatt al-`Arab, a reversion to the "status quo ante bellum" that he had repudiated a decade earlier." Another example is the Falklands War (1982). The war ended in British military victory, but did not resolve the sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands.

ee also

* Status quo
* Antebellum
* Fait accompli
* Revanchism
* Irredentism
* Reset button technique

External links

* [http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1183702 Translation of 'status quo ante bellum'] by Everything2.com


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  • Status quo ante bellum — Status quo (lateinisch: bestehender (aktueller) Zustand, eigentlich Zustand, in dem… oder Zustand, durch den…) bezeichnet den gegenwärtigen Zustand einer Sache. Häufig auch im Ost West Konflikt gebraucht, was in diesem Zusammenhang den Stillstand …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • status quo ante bellum — foreign term Etymology: Latin the state existing before the war …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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