Bibliographic data

Bloch, Valdemar Antonius: Lærebog i den nyeste historie. Copenhagen: Det Nordiske Forlag, 5. Aufl., 1902, 120–121.

Tense political atmosphere at the end of the 19th century

[p. 120]

The conditions in the Balkans are still endangering peace in Europe.

Another dark point on Europe’s horizons is the tense relationship that has prevailed between France and [p. 121] Germany since the war of 1870-71. France cannot forget the loss of Alsace-Lorraine; it has elevated its military power to a higher level than ever before; Germany and the other major powers have done the same; they are all armed to the teeth and ready to face the impending events. In order to further secure the conquests and superiority of Germany in Europe, Fürst Bismarck formed an alliance with Austria in 1879, which was joined by Italy (King Victor Emanuel’s son Umberto, and, after he was murdered by an anarchist, his then reigning son Victor Emanuel III.) later (1883). It is the mission of this Triple Alliance to secure the existing borders of their countries against the attacks of France or Russia. As a natural counterweight to the Triple Alliance France and Russia also formed an alliance.


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