The Pros And Cons Of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

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As tensions rose on the lead up to the Second World War, increasing pressures on European political leaders forced them into fostering new patterns of international relations. The Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact was a move that greatly changed the trajectory in the build up to the Second World War. There were many factors that gave rise to the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact; Stalin’s fear of isolation and Hitler’s desire for control were not the only deciding elements. This paper will deal with Soviet Foreign Policy from the years of 1939-41, with reference to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. We will discuss the lead up to the signing of the Pact giving the various different options available to the Soviets, the reasons for their choices and the effect these choices had on Europe. The following chapter will discuss the conditions that led to the Pact. As the paper continues, we will try to clarify Stalin’s frame of mind and how it impacted the USSR’s foreign policy. Stalin was known to be distrustful, a perception that was challenged by his collusion with the Nazi Regime. However, this paper will ask whether he truly trusted Hitler or whether he may have had an ulterior motive when forging the agreement. The third chapter will discuss how Germany prepared to wage a war against Russia, even…show more content…
Stalin had to choose who had more to offer him and, for him, it was clear that it was Germany. Stalin had to think of what was best for the Soviet Union and how best he could protect its safety without engaging in a conflict. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was the means to do this (Bell 1986). This chapter will discuss the deciding factors that led to the Pact, how Stalin kept negotiation lines open with both the Allies and with Germany until the last minute, and why this was so. The intended outcome of this chapter is to show how Stalin made his final decision in picking

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