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After 1870, European conflict was averted largely through a carefully planned network of treaties between the German Empire and the remainder of Europe orchestrated by Bismarck.
He especially worked to hold Russia at Germany’s side to avoid a two-front war with France and Russia.
When Wilhelm II ascended to the throne as German Emperor (Kaiser), Bismarck’s alliances were gradually de-emphasised. For example, the Kaiser refused to renew the Reinsurance Treaty with Russia in 1890.

Two years later, the Franco-Russian Alliance was signed to counteract the force of the Triple Alliance.
In 1904, the United Kingdom sealed an alliance with France, the Entente Cordiale, and in 1907, the United Kingdom and Russia signed the Anglo-Russian Convention.

This system of interlocking bilateral agreements formed the Triple Entente.

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