VFP Presents: The Internationalists

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Date(s) - 09/10/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Housmans Radical Bookshop


VFP Presents: The Internationalists


VFP Presents a Public Event in Housmans bookshop.

On a hot summer afternoon in 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, was illegal. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade, the entire world was back at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that this understanding is inaccurate, and that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts
to this day.

The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present. It details the brutal world of conflict the Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs took the place of tanks. Accessible and gripping, this book will change the way we view the history of the twentieth century—and how we must work together to protect the global order the internationalists fought to make possible.


OONA A. HATHAWAY is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and the Director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges.

SCOTT J. SHAPIRO is the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at Yale Law School, Visiting Quain Professor at University College, London, and the Director of the Center for Law and Philosophy.


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