Molotov Ribbentrop Pact Analysis

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During world war 2 the whole world was shocked by the signing of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact which was a neutrality act that prevented two of the most feared dictators in the world, Hitler from Germany and Stalin from the USSR, to attack each other and ally or aid an enemy of the other nation throughout the continuation of the war. The pact was signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939 by ministers of foreign affairs Joachim von Ribbentrop representing Germany and Vyacheslav Molotov representing the USSR. The pact ended in June 22, 1941 after the disastrous invasion of Russia codenamed operation Barbarossa in which Hitler’s army was defeated by the Russian winter resulting in the Germans loss of momentum causing Hitler to become the military general…show more content…
It is believed that this and many other disagreements in ideology eventually led Hitler to invade Russia to show how Nazism and the Aryan race were superior to communism and the baltic race. To interpretation one can say that this pact was merely a ticking time bomb preventing the inevitable to happen but other historians say that it was the interest of resources and the greed of power that caused the breaking the pact. Before the invasion of Russia, Germany was using vast amounts of resources like oil to feed their war machine that needed immenses amounts of fuel. Germany was using oil at an alarming rate and needed to find other sources of oil before it ran out and being that Russia had an abundance of oil coming from the caucasus fields near the eastern front, it made hitler's decision to invade Russia and take over the fields convenient, likewise Hitler had the means to break the pact in order to acquire the other half of Poland in his quest to unite all of the German speaking regions of Europe, this would not only increased his influence but it wouldve made him acquire resources like oil that were present on that…show more content…
Hitler in particular saw communism as a threat to Nazism (Fascism) because of the fact that many of the principles of nazism contrasted to those of communism. For instance the factor of race in Nazi ideology played a part in the breaking of the pact because of the fact that nazis glorified the aryan race and wanted to expand their influence throughout Europe, their principles of race caused the dehumanization of other races including the Baltic race in Russia, explained in Hitlers Mein Kampf. Before opperation Barbarosa on September 1940, Germany invited the USSR to join the Tripartite Pact, an alliance between the Axis powers in Europe including Japan. The pact was not signed by the USSR because of the comments that German Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels made towards Russians, which he described as ‘Bolshevik subhumans’ . This showcases how the ribbentrop-molotov pact was merely a strategy from Germany to invade the USSR in a surprise manner rather than to make a lasting alliance, the fact that Germany saw russians as “subhuman” insinuates that Germany had no means in having peace with the USSR because of their inferiority
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