The Alliance System and the New Imperialism

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During the 19th and 20th century an abundance of change was occurring
within the world in terms of the bonding and binding of alliance systems.
France would quickly intertwine itself with different countries in order to
form alliances to offer a form of security, strength, and wealth for the
countries in the alliance as well as themselves. At the same time, there
was a race for the empire, which would gain fuel through expansionism of
other empires. Additionally, major imperialist activities would occur.
Through fear and concern for security, strength, and wealth colonial
holdings would increase. The combination of these elements and the binding
of the countries through alliances would eventually help lead to the
individual countries involvement in World War I (WWI) and the reasoning
France had several different alliances with other countries. France was a
great ally and had the economic, political, and military strengths that
proved useful in the battle against Germany and Austria-Hungary. France
even had a secret alliance with Italy that led to Italy aiding France in
the war against Germany and Austria-Hungary. There were other alliances
like the Franco-Russian Alliance of 1892 this agreement was formed with
Russia. In the Franco-Russian agreement, if Germany or its ally Italy were
to attack France, Russia would come to the aid and defend France. The same
thing applies to Russia if the scenario occurred for them.
The next agreement was the Entente Cordiale of 1904, which helped to end
conflict between Great Britain and France. This agreement in no way made
Great Britain or France an alliance with each other, or force Great Britain
to commit support to Russia. This was more of an agreement than real formal
alliance; however, the Triple Entente of 1907 changed the original alliance
of the Entente Cordiale of 1904 and added Russia. Now they were the Triple
Entente and stood in opposi…