This Week In History: The Day the World 'Banned' War

August 23rd, 2019

On August 27, 1928, just 10 years after World War I, Germany, France, the US, and later 62 other nations, enter into an agreement known as the Kellogg–Briand Pact. The declaration states that all signatories should refrain from engaging in wars and requires that all disputes be settled peacefully. Unsurprisingly, the vague document did not live up to its aims. A few years later, Japan would later invade China, Italy would invade Ethiopia, and Hitler's slow rise to power would eventually lead to a second global-scale war. Although the pact—originally created by French Minister of Foreign Affairs Aristide Briand and US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg—proved unsuccessful, it contained provisions that would later be incorporated into the future principles of the United Nations.