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Katherine Rostami        HISTORY GCSE        10/05/2007 WHICH ALLIANCE SYSTEM WAS THE STRONGEST IN 1914? In 1914, the six most powerful countries in Europe became two opposing alliances. The Central Powers (Triple alliance) consisted of a contracted pact between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy in 1882, of which was followed, 25 years later, by the Triple Entente pact between Britain, France and Russia. Each country was notorious for their advanced and mass military, and the initial Central Powers alliance had installed sufficient fear and suspicion to form an Entente. Many argue there is certain evidence that The Central Powers alliance was stronger than the Triple Entente. In 1870, Germany gain hold of the flourishing Alsace-Lorraine industrial area in France, so that in 1914 German industry was the 2nd most successful in the world to U.S.A: we can therefore assume that Germany
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found this economically gratifying as well as having access to advanced technological machinery. As a whole, The Central Power’s soldiers in army count of 3.76 million (approx. 60% from Germany) exceeded that of the T.E’s (Triple Entente) 3.25 million- securing victory for The Central Powers on that front. Furthermore, Germany, itself, had an impressive amount of warships (85 and 23 submarines) in naval rivalry to Britain (122 warships and 64 submarines) proving a harsh contender with a vast and dynamic military. From a defence view, the geographical position of the members of T.C.P (The Central Powers) is concentrated, so it ...

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This is a strong response that considers both sides of the argument and stays focused throughout. The analysis could have been taken further in places and the author often slips into the present tense. It could also be linked to the events of 1914 to add weight to the conclusion. 4 out of 5 stars.