The Peace of Westphalia, 1648–1948

  title={The Peace of Westphalia, 1648–1948},
  author={Leo Gross},
  journal={American Journal of International Law},
  pages={20 - 41}
  • Leo Gross
  • Published 1 January 1948
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of International Law
The acceptance of the United Nations Charter by the overwhelming majority of the members of the family of nations brings to mind the first great European or world charter, the Peace of Westphalia. To it is traditionally attributed the importance and dignity of being the first of several attempts to establish something resembling world unity on the basis of states exercising untrammeled sovereignty over certain territories and subordinated to no earthly authority. 
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