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2. Belgium Looks for Allies

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Belgium's attempts to gain security in the interwar period operated on both the diplomatic and military planes and they cannot really be understood in isolation. This chapter looks at the efforts of Belgian diplomats to replace the old statutory neutrality with a series of alliances to guarantee the country against a new German invasion. It begins with a look at the successful Belgian repudiation of neutrality and then examines Belgian attempts at collective security through the League of Nations, the Locarno Pact, and international disarmament. Belgium had secured its release from the perpetual neutrality imposed upon it by the treaties of 1839. During the interwar period, Belgium would follow a policy close to neutrality but would cherish its right to freely determine that policy. Interwar Belgian foreign policy was based on a fear of Germany justified by the horrific experience of German occupation during World War I.

Keywords: Belgian foreign policy; German invasion; World War I



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