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Why did Britain declare war on Germany?

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At the onset of the World War I, Britain declared war on Germany because of their move to force Belgium to give up its neutrality and allow German troops across its borders, even after Britain demanded the halt of their actions. Britain held back its declaration until Germany fully attacked Belgium, refusing to allow the country to remain neutral. England had agreements with Russia and France that did not make them official allies, but when the Central Powers invaded the two countries Britain moved to assist them along with Belgium.

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The years leading up to the World War I were filled with new arrangements and agreements between many of the European countries. Germany was fairly new in their level of power in the world at the time that the war started. The country had not really come to the forefront as a major power until the late 1800s, making them very inexperienced in this level of power, but not in war. The Franco-Prussian war had ended shortly before Germany, Russia and Austria came to an agreement to be allies in the 1880s. With a change of rulers in Germany, the alliance with Russia was ended and France gained the country as their own ally and both countries signed an accord with England, who also was the country that guaranteed Belgium's neutrality. All of these factors were the precursors that decided the European parties that would be involved in World War I.

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