Teaser Tuesday: The Internationalists

Like seeing a good friend after a long time apart, the Wheel of Time has turned ‘round to Teaser Tuesday. 

If you read my post from Sunday, you know I’ve been quite busy. However, despite past indications that I’d slack off on my reading schedule, I managed to stay mostly on-track.

Godreads Challenge May 8 2018

I’ve already told you how my fact-check of Pope Francis’ tweet sparked a conversation with Yale professor Scott Shapiro regarding the effectiveness of Kellogg-Briand, leading me to pick up his recent book from my local library.

Honestly, I’m periodically surprised by the content at my library. The quality has improved in recent years.

All that so say I’ve finally started reading The Internationalists by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro.

The Goodreads Blurb:

A bold and provocative history of the men who fought to outlaw war and how an often overlooked treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative events in modern history.

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, had become illegal the world over. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade of its signing, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was 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 that 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, tracing this rich history through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians and intellectuals—Hugo Grotius, Nishi Amane, Salmon Levinson, James Shotwell, Sumner Welles, Carl Schmitt, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Sayyid Qutb. It tells of a centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships.

The Internationalists examines with renewed appreciation an international system that has outlawed wars of aggression and brought unprecedented stability to the world map. 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


The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 277:

When the government's budget failed in the Reichstag, Hindenburg enacted it under Article 48. When the Reichstag rejected this exercise of emergency powers, Hindenburg dissolved the parliament, called for new elections, and reenacted the budget, again under article 48.

The Internationalists Cover


Intrigue in German politics? Exciting!

At some point in the near future I’ll have to write up reviews for the books I’ve finished since my last Teaser Tuesday:

  • Head On by John Scalzi
  • The Pope Who Would Be King by David I. Kertzer
  • London’s Triumph by Stephen Alford

What are you reading today?

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