Summary of Alliance systems in Europe

Summary of Alliance systems in Europe at time leading up to WW1

seen as cause of WW1

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2. The Alliance system
The Alliance system is often seen as a major cause of the First
World War.
The great powers of Europe began, towards the start of the 20th
Centaury to arrange themselves into alliances, they said it was to
protect them selves but it caused raised tension and anxiety in
Europe.
Key alliances
1900 (triple alliance) ­ Austria Hungary Germany Italy
Agreed to help each other if one was attacked
1894 France Russia
Agreed to help each other if one was attacked
1904 (Triple entende) France Britain (1907) Russia
Because of these alliances Tension grew. And even more so
because these alliances were formed in secret. This meant that if
something happened in Europe then there would be a divide in
Europe, which could cause problems.

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