Video podcast investigating the German and Russian alliance systems of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Germany and Russia entered into a loose alliance in the late nineteenth century, but this was soon abandoned in favour of closer ties with Austria-Hungary; Russian and Austro-Hungarian interests frequently collided. Russia entered instead into an alliance with France in the 1890s. Did this alliance system made war more likely rather than less likely? How important was this alliance system to Germany’s declaration of war against Russia in 1914?
Suitable for A Level.
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