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The Nazi-Soviet Pact

Fridrikh I. Firsov, Harvey Klehr, and John Earl Haynes

in Secret Cables of the Comintern, 1933-1943

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300198225
eISBN:
9780300209600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300198225.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The Nazi–Soviet Pact was a nonaggression treaty between the USSR and Germany. By signing a nonaggression pact, the USSR was undermining the plans of the reactionary bourgeois circles and the leaders ... More


Rise of the Stalinist Superiority Complex

Michael David-Fox

in Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921–1941

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199794577
eISBN:
9780199932245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794577.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter traces Soviet cultural diplomacy through three radically divergent periods: the mid-1930s height of the Popular Front, the Great Terror and show trials from 1936–38, and the Nazi-Soviet ... More


The Liberator State? The Crisis of Official Soviet Identity during the Pact Period 1939–1941

Timothy Johnston

in Being Soviet: Identity, Rumour, and Everyday Life under Stalin 1939–1953

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199604036
eISBN:
9780191731600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604036.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Political History

Official representations of Soviet diplomatic identity became increasingly incoherent in the months between the Nazi‐Soviet Pact (August 1939) and the German invasion of the USSR (June 1941). Despite ... More


The Second Crisis of the Rimlands

Levene Mark

in The Crisis of Genocide: Annihilation II: The European Rimlands 1939-1953

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199683048
eISBN:
9780191763137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683048.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

The Nazi-Soviet Pact of August 1939 lit the touchpaper for a catastrophic wave of genocides in the ensuing world war. At the core of this chapter is the fate of Poland and its peoples under both ... More


1939–1949: World War and the Coming of the People's Republic

Tom Buchanan

in East Wind: China and the British Left, 1925-1976

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199570331
eISBN:
9780191741425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570331.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on a decade dominated by war. Britain's war with Germany in September 1939 overshadowed China's continuing struggle with Japan, and this was not reversed when Britain entered the ... More


‘A state of confusion which at times amounted almost to chaos’: MI5 1939–41

Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

in A matter of intelligence: MI5 and the surveillance of anti-Nazi refugees, 1933-50

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719090790
eISBN:
9781781707357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090790.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter deals with MI5's problems in the years 1939-41. According to its own internal history, written in 1946 by John Curry, MI5 was ‘in a state of confusion amounting almost to chaos’ for most ... More


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