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Unformatted text preview: volatile. An arms race. To be great, European nations wanted large armies. All had them except Britain. Generals developed plans to mobilize (organize and move troops quickly). IV: RIVAL ALLIANCES: Treaty system made to keep peace instead leads to war. TRIPLE ALLIANCE: 1882, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy. Initiated by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck to isolate France. In 1887, Russia joined. But an unstable alliance due to members rivalries for Balkans. 1890Kaiser Wilhelm II forces Bismarck to resign. Proud, impulsive, and stubborn, he wants to assert his power. Said I and the army were born for one another. He lets treaty with Russia expire. Russia forms alliance with France. Now Germany could face a war on both its eastern and western front. He challenges Britain. Starts building navy to compete with Britains. Britain responds by increasing navy, forming alliance with France....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2010 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Unknown during the Summer '03 term at Holyoke CC.
- Summer '03
- World War I