In the late eighteen hundreds a new alliance was being born in Europe. Many countries started an alliance but three major countries joined together. Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy we the three major countries that wanted a better life for there people. Those three countries were called the triple alliance. You will be reading about why they formed the triple alliance, who where there enemies, and what happened to them after the war.
The German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck formed the triple alliance in 1882. He hoped that the triple alliance would make other countries like Russia or France hesitate to attack one of the members of the triple alliance. This was a good idea for Austria-Hungary when Russia chooses to attack them. With the triple alliance Germany then declared war on Russia. That was one reason why they formed the triple alliance, to have, as you would say each other's back. Another good reason they formed the triple alliance was to have a powerful blockade in central Europe. France had a difficult time sending messages across the blockade. Another reason is that Italy and Austria-Hungary where not friendly toward each other. This alliance brought them a little bit closer and friendlier toward each other.
After the Triple Alliance formed, the rest of the countries in Europe saw that they were at a disadvantage. They had to fight back so they created the Triple Entente. The countries that where from the entente were Great Britain, France, and Russia. Britain and France had to stop fighting each other to fight the triple alliance. Russia joined the Entente because they had a feud going on with Austria- Hungary. And with the entente Russia had a back up plan in case they lost. Britain joined France because when Germany attacked France they went through the Netherlands and Britain saw this and was enraged so they declared war on Germany as well as the triple alliance. Later when the United States joined the entente that was a turning point of the war.
Keegan John, "The First World War". Alfred A. Knopf 1999
Berkin Carol, "American Voices". Scott Foresman 1992
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