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date: 23 February 2024

First World War 

A Dictionary of British History

John Cannon,

Robert Crowcroft

In August 1914 Britain ostensibly went to war against Germany because of the latter's invasion of Belgium. In reality Britain fought the First World War to prevent Germany dominating Europe and, with the help of her Austrian and Turkish allies, threatening the British empire. The men who made British policy wanted a peace settlement which would reduce Germany's power and also ensure that neither Russia nor France could tilt the European balance against Britain or menace Britain's imperial possessions.... ...

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