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Pre WWI alliances The relations between the Great Powers in Europe changed a lot with the accession to the throne of Wilhelm the II in 1888 his dismissal of Chancellor Otto van Bismarck two year later and therefore the breakdown of the Bismarckian Alliance System The unification of Germany and the political greatness of Prussia and the empire are ascribed to the statesmanship of Bismarck Bismarck was the father of the German nation he created it and he also masterminded a plan to keep Germany safe from the enemy nations around her After the humiliation of the loss of Alcase and Lorraine France was bound to not pass away an opportunity to take revenge from Germany so to prevent this happening Bismarck constructed an elaborate network of alliances One of the most important alliances of the many that were made was the Dreikaiserbund or the League of the the Three Emperors singed in 1872 between Germany Russia and Austria-Hungary The most important of the articles in the treaty was that in case on of the High Contracting Parties should find itself at war with a fourth Great Power the two other shall maintain towards it a benevolent neutrality and shall devote their efforts to the localisation of the conflict But Russia and Austria-Hungary drew suspicious of each other over conflicts in the Balkans in 1887 and the League fell apart So to replace that lose Bismarck drew up the secret Dual Alliance with Austria in 1879 it was a defensive alliance against Russian in case she attacks Austria In 1882 Italy joined the Dual Alliance which created the Triple Alliance By 1887 Bismarck succeeded to bind Russian in a separate alliance which was called the Reinsurance Treaty Also Germany kept friendly acquaintances with Britain so that such a powerful nation with not be against Germany This way Bismarcks plan succeeded and now France was truly friendless powerless and isolated Kaiser Wilhelm
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