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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson A: Competition Leads to Global Conflict

Activity 3: Long-Term Cause - Alliances

The increased spending on the military in Europe and colonial rivalries led to a system of alliances among the countries and leaders. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1871, Germany and Austria-Hungary joined forces to prevent a war of revenge by the French. Soon, Italy joined the group, forming the "Triple Alliance." In response, France forged an alliance with Britain and Russia, forming the "Triple Entente."

Directions: Study the interactive map and respond to the following questions on your student resource.

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Classroom Activity - Neutrality


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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion question below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • Predict why you think some countries remained neutral.
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Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).


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