AlliancesThe Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary & Italy (1882)The Triple Entente of Britain, Russia & France (1907)- Dangerous because an argument between two countries could draw all the other nations allied with them into a fightEX: conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia led to World War I- By 1914 Italy was only a nominal member of the Triple Alliance.- She had concluded a secret treaty with France. Promised to stay neutral if Germany attacked France.- When war broke out she stayed out. This meant that Germany had only one dependable ally, Austria-Hungary.
The main rivalries between the powers were:Germany and France over Alsace. This division made an alliance between both countries impossible.Russia and Austria over the Balkans.Britain and Germany over their navies and economic power.