When Neutrality Cannot Protect Against Belligerence: The Position of the Low Countries Seen from Beyond Flanders Fields
This introductory chapter describes the neutralization of Belgium and Luxembourg prior to the First World War and the German occupation of those nations between 2nd and 4th August 1914. It discusses some British and American interpretations of the term “neutrality” within the context of Belgium’s position at the start of the war and concludes with an examination of the roles and attitudes adopted by British aid workers who travelled to Belgium during the first few weeks of the war.
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