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  • Triple Entente
  • Triple Alliance
  • Naval Arm Race
  • In In 1904, the Entente Cordiale was signed between Britain and France. In 1907, therefore a Triple Entente was signed between Britain, France and Russia.
  • Event in Morocco
  • On 1879, Germany signed a secret agreement with Austria-Hungary which brought about a defensive alliance known as the Dual Alliance. In 1882, the Dual Alliance was expanded into the Triple Alliance when Germany and Austria-Hungary concluded a secret agreement with Italy.
  • Crisis in Balkan
  • When the Germans began to build their navy in 1898, the British thought that it was an attempt to challenge Britain and its colonies. Germany and Britain began a race to expand their navies. In 1906, Britain launched the Dreadnought. Kaiser immediately ordered to produce a German version. Britain had far more Dreadnoughts than the Germans.
  • Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  • In 1905, Kaiser visited Morocco and promised to support Morocco’s independence and to throw the French out. Kaiser was also testing the strength of the new friendship between Britain and France. Britain and Russia stood by France and it was agreed that Germany should have no say in Morocco, so Kaiser had to back down.
  • Many of the people of the Balkans had links with Russia. The Serbs and Bulgars are Slavs, like the Russians. Independent Slav countries were just what Austria-Hungary feared. If the Slavs in the Balkans became independent, the Slavs and others inside Austria-Hungary and would want independence. If that happened, Austria-Hungary would collapse.
  • On 28 June 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife visited the town of Sarajevo, a town in Bosnia. In the first a bomb was thrown but it missed. Luckily the Archduke and his wife were unhurt. He continued the visit but insisted on visiting the injured in hospital. On leaving the hospital the driver took a wrong turning. As he reversed, one of the assassins, Gavrilo Princip fired two shots: the first one hit the Archduke, the second hit his wife. His wife died immediately and he died on the way to hospital.
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