Modern History Essay – The Triple Entente
Discuss one alliance in existence in 1914, mentioning at least two important points such as; Geography, Arms Race, Nationalism, Expansionism, Historical Significance, Blood Ties/Natural Ties.
The outbreak of The Great War in 1914 was due to escalated tension between several countries, which resulted in forming a number of alliances. European countries created alliances because of fear. Countries became more scared of each other, and therefore decided to outline agreements in case of war. The Triple Entente was a significant alliance that was made between Russia, France and Britain to contradict the increasing threat from Germany, as well as prevent German Expansion in Europe. The Triple Entente was the name given to the alliance between Britain, Russia and France, after the signing of the Anglo-Russian Entente in 1907. In 1904 Britain and France had already allied together in the Entente Cordiale, which was created after France had finished the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1894. The Triple Entente was formed to combat aggressively against Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm’s intentions for a great empire formed a great deal of hate against Germany from various other countries.1[Wikispaces, Discussion Pg.] The Franco-Russian Alliance, along with the Anglo-Russian Entente and the Entente Cordiale, formed the Triple Entente between Britain, France and Russia.2 [Wikipedia, Triple Entente, Pg 1] Russia had been a member of the League of the Three Emperors with Austria-Hungary and Germany, until its collapse during 1884. German Chancellor Bismarck tried to keep an alliance with Russia which resulted in the Reinsurance Treaty of 1887. But, when Bismarck was dismissed from being Chancellor in 1890, Kaiser Wilhelm II failed to renew the Reinsurance Treaty and Russia formed a military alliance with France. Although Russia had the largest army of all the six European Powers, they struggled immensely when it came to the economic side of...
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