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Old 14 February 2014, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Andrew of Ware View Post
For example, perhaps Britain could have done more to try and avert war. It certainly need not have honoured its treaty with Belgium (as it did not with the Danes in 1864).
Except Belgium, unlike any Dannish duchey, was located close enough to Britain that it's occupation by a great power and potential adversary posed a real risk to Britain as the staging point for a possible invasion and also hostile naval vessels that could more easily contest control of the Channel. Germany had to have known this and known that Belgium was a completely different animal from Britain's POV.

No doubt Britain felt it was bad enough having France in sight on a clear day: did not need to have a German Army with a demonstarted lack of respect for neutralitity controlling land just on the other side of the Channel too.
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