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Triple Entente

The Triple Entente was the alliance formed in 1908 when Russia and France included England in a military pact to balance the power of the Triple Alliance (1882). Russia had been a member of the Three Emperors' League along with Austria-Hungary and Germany, but when Kaiser Wilhelm II ousted Russia from the league, Russia formed a military alliance with France. Britain had been asked to join in an alliance with Germany, but did not agree with the ideological and military goals of Germany. Furthermore, Britain and Germany had been in a naval Arms race for decades. When Britain signed the treaty with Russia and France, the Triple Entente was formed. With the addition of Italy in 1915, the Triple Entente was the force that opposed the Triple Alliance during World War I.