The Triple Entente was an alliance between the three Great Powers of Russia, France, and Great Britain.

Great Britain, fearing Germany as a rising naval power, allied with France since both nations opposed the German support of the Boers: this was known as the Entente Cordiale and was negotiated in 1904. France had made a military alliance with Russia in 1894 (the Dual Alliance), so in 1907 Russia joined the Entente Cordiale and the Triple Entente was formed. This alliance countered the Germany-Austria alliance and the Entente Powers became three of the major Allied Powers when World War I began.

It was because of the Entente that all three nations entered the war to oppose Germany.

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