Before WW1

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  • Germany wins Franco - Prussian war and takes the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine from France

  • Germany, Austria - Hungary and Italy sign the Triple Alliance

  • the Second Internation, a congress of socialists meet in Paris

  • The Spanish - American War: the Phillipines, Guam, and Puerto Rico are transferred to the United States of America

  • Boer settlers rebel against British rule in South Africa

  • The Boxer Rebellion against foreign influence takes place in China

  • President Mckinley is assassinated by an anarchist

  • the British Dreadnought battleship launched; naval race with Germany begins

  • The Triple Entente is created between Britain, France and Russia

  • A commission uncovers abuses and maltreatment of tribes people in the Belgian Congo

  • Japan annexes Krea

  • the heir to Austro - hungarian throne is assassinated in Sarajevo

  • Austia bombards Belgrade with opening shots of the First World War

  • All major European powers are at war