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A telegram from the British Foreign Secretary to the British ambassador in Germany, 1 August 1914
(Catalogue ref: FO 438/2)
  FO 438/2; telegram from British Foreign Secretary, 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:

  • Why was the Foreign Secretary unhappy?
  • According to the telegram, how did people in Britain feel about Belgium?
  • Is it possible to tell from this source why people felt this way?
  • What did the Germans want from the British?
  • How did the British respond?
  • When the Liberals introduced their welfare reforms
  • According to the telegram, how important was public opinion in Britain?
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