German-Soviet Relationship 1939–1941

Molotov signs the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, 23 August 1939, Moscow. Standing behind Molotov: Stalin, Ribbentrop, Shaposhnikov

Introduction

The diplomatic altitude was once cordial between the Soviet Union and Germany in 1939, when they signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which resulted in the partition of Poland. However, the two countries became hostile to each other as Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941. This college essay attempts to trace and explain this dramatic change in the diplomatic relationship of…