The threat of war, shifting alliances, and accompanying intrigues had been roiling Europe for decades before the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, on June 28, 1914, thrust the Triple Entente into combat with the Central Powers: Germany and the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires. Invaded countries and others now joined the French Republic and the British and Russian empires to create the Allies. French illustrators used a number of techniques to show unity in diversity: visualizing national anthems, introducing foreigners in their various uniforms, gathering together colorful flags, picturing soldiers from many countries fighting for the cause. Assorted publications defined the group differently. The portfolio Hymnes alliés featured twelve allies, unusually adding China.
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