What Was the Significance for Germany of Its Relations with Russia over the Period of 1890-1990?

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What was the significance for Germany of its relations with Russia over the period of 1890-1990? The relationships between Germany, Russia, Britain and France were inconsistent throughout this period; starting as strong in the 1890’s and becoming weaker towards the 1940’s. There were four main eras that caused the relations to become unstable. The first being World War I. Relations had deteriorated and were at an all-time low, mainly because of the aggression that was occurring. Within the second era - the Inter War Years – relationships had subsided due to Stresemann, meaning all connections between Germany and its allies were peaceful. Once again this changed; as World War II arose which meant that things amongst the affiliates were to soon become aggressive and strained once more. The last of the four significant eras were the Post-War Years in which the Cold War emerged. Relationships between Russia and Britain were strained for a long time during the Cold War, mainly because of Russia’s determination to spread their influence over the eastern countries. All four eras show the changes in the relationships over time. Russia and Germany’s relations were more significant in the Wilhelm Period as they knew that they needed each other in order to secure themselves; so obviously they needed to form positive relations with one another. The Reinsurance Treaty of 1887 was a secret agreement between Germany and Russia arranged by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The Treaty came about after the “Three Emperors’ League” (Germany, Austria and Russia), collapsed because of disagreements between Austria-Hungary and Russia for spheres of influence in the Balkans. Each party would remain neutral if the other became involved in a war with a third great power; however this would not apply if Germany attacked France or if Russia attacked Austria. Although bad relations
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