The Kellogg-Briand Pact, Introduction. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an agreement to outlaw war signed on August 27, Sometimes called the Pact of. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an international agreement between 62 countries. This also included Germany as an equal partner. The overall aim of the. The French agreed to this and the Kellogg-Briand pact was signed in , coming into effect on 24 July Eventually a further 47 nations.

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The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an agreement to outlaw war signed on August 27, Sometimes called the Pact of Paris for the city in which it was signed, the pact was one of many international efforts to prevent another World War, but it had little effect in stopping the rising militarism of the s or preventing World War II. In the wake of World War I, U. Some focused on disarmament, such as the series of naval conferences that began in Washington inand some focused kellogg-brland cooperation with the League of Nations and the newly formed World Court.

Others initiated a movement to try to outlaw war outright. Shotwell were part of this movement. Both men were affiliated with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an organization dedicated to promoting internationalism that was established in by leading American industrialist Kellogg-briwnd Carnegie.

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With the influence and assistance of Shotwell and Butler, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Aristide Briand proposed a peace pact as a bilateral agreement kellovg-briand the United States and France to outlaw war between them.

Particularly hard hit by World War I, France faced continuing insecurity from its German neighbor and sought alliances to shore up its defenses.

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Briand published an open letter in April of containing the proposal. Though the suggestion had the enthusiastic support of some members of the American peace movement, U.

Kellogg were less eager than Briand to enter into a bilateral arrangement. They worried that the agreement against war could be interpreted as a bilateral alliance and require the United States to intervene if France was ever threatened.

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To avoid this, they suggested that the two nations take the lead in inviting all nations to join them in outlawing war. The extension of the pact to include other nations was well-received internationally.

After the severe losses of the First World War, the idea of declaring war to be illegal was immensely popular in international public opinion. Because the language of the pact established the important point that only wars of aggression — not military acts of self-defense — would be covered under the pact, many nations had no objections to signing it. If the pact served to limit conflicts, then everyone would benefit; if it did not, there were no legal consequences.


In earlynegotiations over the agreement expanded to include all of the initial signatories. In the final version of the pact, they agreed upon two clauses: On August 27,fifteen nations signed the pact at Paris. Later, an additional forty-seven nations followed suit, so the pact was eventually signed by most of the established nations in the world. Senate ratified the agreement by a vote of 85—1, though it did so only after making reservations to note that U. The first major test of the pact came just a few years later inwhen the Mukden Incident led to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.

Though Japan had signed the pact, the combination of the worldwide depression and a limited desire to go to war to preserve China prevented the League of Nations or the United States from taking any action to enforce it.

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Its legacy remains as a statement of the idealism expressed by advocates for peace in the interwar period. For more information, please see the full notice.

Secretary of State Frank B.