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In what year did Britain and France sign the Triple Entente?

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March 16, 2009 11:22PM

1. Alliance between France and Russia - 1892 2. Britain and France - 1904. 3. Britain and Russia - 1907. #1 was an alliance, #2 and #3 were loose and rather vague "understandings". The expression "Triple Entente" is a nickname. There was no single overarching alliance between Britain, France and Russia. The weaknesses of Russia in the Russo-Japanese-War of 1904-05 led military experts in Britain to doubt its status as a great power, and made British politicians reassess the British position in relation to the balance of power - in other words, led to Britain to becoming more pro-French in international affairs. Obviously, Britain was also antagonized by German naval rivalry.