Status Quo Ante Bellum

The term status quo ante bellum is Latin, meaning literally "the state in which 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 I.

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Famous quotes containing the words quo and/or ante:

    Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)

    Al that joye is went away,
    That wele is comen to weylaway,
    To manie harde stoundes.

    Hoere paradis hy nomen here,
    And now they lien in helle ifere:
    —Unknown. Ubi Sunt Qui ante Nos Fuerunt? (L. 16–20)