Later, Italy and the United States would enter on the side of the allies.
A British dreadnought — the building of these ships was a source of tension between Great Britain and Germany. The Schlieffen plan could be blamed for bringing Britain into the war, the scale of the war could be blamed on Russia as the first big country to mobilise, inherent rivalries between imperialism and capitalism could be blamed for polarising the combatants.
The increasing competition and desire for greater empires led to an increase in confrontation that helped push the world into World War I.
Germany in particular looked to expand its navy. When an alliance is signed, those countries become known as Allies. In general, militarism showed the rivalry that existed between the nation of Europe in the years for the outbreak of World War I. Certainly the expansion of the British and French empires, fired by the rise of industrialism and the pursuit of new markets, caused some resentment in Germany, and the pursuit of a short, aborted imperial policy in the late nineteenth century.