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--Did the alliance Alliance System make war more likely or less likely The Alliance System between the European countries divided the continent into two rival groups In 1817 Germany gained control over the region of Alsace-Lorraine as a prize for wining the Franco-Prussian War Otto von Bismarck the German chancellor knew that one day France would regain the land by getting help from the other countries In order to prevent this he made alliances with the other European countries In order to isolate France in 1872 the Three Emperors League was made which was an alliance between Germany Austria-Hungary and Russia The Triple Alliance was then formed in 1882 which included Germany Italy and Austria-Hungary This alliance promised that all the members would help each other if one of them were attacked The Reinsurance Treaty was made with Russia in 1887 because Russia and Austria-Hungary were potential powers This allowed both countries to stay neutral if the other was having a war Everything went well until a new German Kaiser named William II came to throne He took away Bismarcks political power and abandoned the alliance with Russia since he thought that it was not needed Also it was because William II wanted to have better relationships with Austria-Hungary and have a more reliable ally The Triple Alliance was broken As Bismarck had expected France too started looking for allies in order to regain the region of Alsace-Lorraine After being defeated in the Franco-Prussian War the French had learned that they were powerless They needed the help of other countries to make a revenge on Germany After William II abandoned the treaty with Russia soon in 1894 Russian made an alliance with France Although Britain had been refusing to make alliances with the other European countries because they were afraid that Germany was to become a powerful enemy they decided to cooperate with France Their alliance was held in 1904 France improved the relationship between
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