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A telegram from the British ambassador in Germany to the British Foreign Secretary, 31 July 1914
(Catalogue ref: FO 438/2)
  FO 438/2; telegram from British ambassador in Germany, 1914  

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Study this source carefully. There are details in this source that will help you to answer the key question. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What question do you think the British have asked the German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs?
  • What was the response of the Secretary?
  • What does this document tell you about relations between Germany and Belgium?
  • Does this telegram give the impression that the British are concerned about Belgium?
  • Is it possible to say whether concerns about Belgium were for Belgium's sake or for Britain's?
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