Why the Soviet Union Signed a Pact of Non-Agression in 1939

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International relations of the 18th century were above all concerned with the balance of power, since no one state felt strong enough to attempt a military conquest of the entire European continent. 1 On the horizon of the 19th century, the development of a rising German enterprise created a cataclysmic downfall of British, French, and American diplomacy. Above all, while under a firm hand by Joseph Stalin, Russia sought expansionist ideals just as much as Adolf Hitler did. The failures of British and French negotiations, under previous attempted containment of Germany with a lackluster Treaty of Versailles, paved the way for Russo-German negotiations that green-lit the eventual invasion of Poland. It was the fundamental dishonesty of …show more content…
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Since Stalinists were not credited well within the Western populous, Stalin did not abandon the idea of dealing with Germany later due to the West keeping Russia at arms length.10 On the 2nd of May 1935, the Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance was brought to light. It did not have a lot of substance as a treaty, and was put into place in order to consult between each states in time of crisis. Russia hoped that it would be followed, but Pierre Laval, successor to Louis Barthou preferred reparations to the German state would that would curb any chance of conflict through political military action. Laval delayed french politics with Russia until the Spring of 1936. Léon Blum was the Prime Minsiter of France, and his government, who were supported by communist deputies were willing to turn political understanding of the German problem into real military consequences. 1936 to 1937 was an energetic time for Russian diplomacy, by attempting to show a strategic campaign within France, that largely failed due to French resistance. Yvon Delbos, Frances foreign affairs minister, didn't favour a Franco-Russo alliance because he thought Stalin would coerce France into a war with Germany, only to progress Stalin's communist ideals. British support was more important to France than Russian support, and fear of disappointing Britian was a large influence for a lack of alliance made. In fact,
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