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Alliance System

The alliance system was one of the main causes of World War One.The alliance system was made up of two groups, the Central powers (Germany, Austria- Hungary, Italy(1914), and Turkey).The second group was the Allied powers (Russia, France, Great Britain, and United states).The alliance system is when  countries join forces or worked together to achieve a certain goal. The reason that they have the alliances is so when they are in need, the other country or countries can help them out.  Most of the time, the alliances were formed in secret. They were revealed later in public.

If Germany never allied with Austria-Hungary, then the war may have been prevented. Once Germany declared war then all of the other countries allied with Germany  also declared war. The alliance between Germany and Austria-Hungary was formed in secret in 1879.It was called the Dual alliance.  They promised to support each other if Russia ever attacked.  Over 10 additional nations got involved in WWI because of the alliance system.

Map of Allied and Central Powers WWI



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