Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on britains participation in the great war. The Great War finally ended with Allied power proving to be the superior of the two. (French, 1986)
The Great War is considered by many to be one of the most destructive wars ever fought. Germany and Austria-Hungary entered into an economic-military pact that bound them to offer military assistance to each other in times of war. France and Russia were also in such an arrangement with its allies, particularly in the Balkans. Britain, on the other hand, did not enter into such agreements with its allies except for Belgium when they assured the fledgeling nation of assistance in the Treaty of London. This treaty was entered into by the United Kingdom in 1839, almost a century before the start of World War I. The prevailing foreign affairs view then was that the 1839 treaty did not bind the country to go to war ‘in any circumstances and at whatever risk’. Following the logic of statesman Lloyd George, the Germans would use “the furthest southern corner” of Belgium to go to war with France which did not endanger its neutrality nor cause any unpaid damages from Germany. In other words, many decision-makers were of the notion that there was virtually no particular arrangement that bound Britain to go to war for the sake of other nations. (Gooch, 1974)
Despite having made no commitments, Britain did go to war on the night of August 4, 1914, and it is the determination of the underlying causes which brought these state of affairs that forms the central core of this paper. Research for possible explanations and analysis of the data gathered indicates that the decision to go to war was due to a combination of many factors encompassing political, military and social fields.
Perhaps the most often cited reason why Britain went to war was the treaty it entered into with Belgium. .