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The Devils Alliance The Devil s Alliance Forgotten by Many but not the FewOn 23rd August 1939 in the presence of Stalin his Foreign Minister Molotov signed a pact with the German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop and at the same time carved up the future of Eastern Europe between them When I was taught history at school the pact was nothingthan a footnote in history quickly glossed over and forgotten As one of the Polish Diaspora my family was deeply affected by this pact evenso the 17th September 1939 wh The Devil s Alliance Forgotten by Many but not the FewOn 23rd August 1939 in the presence of Stalin his Foreign Minister Molotov signed a pact with the German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop and at the same time carved up the future of Eastern Europe between them When I was taught history at school the pact was nothingthan a footnote in history quickly glossed over and forgotten As one of the Polish Diaspora my family was deeply affected by this pact evenso the 17th September 1939 when the Red Army crossed the Polish Border on the same day the Polish government had to escape via Romania in to exile My grandfather was captured by the Nazis that day he managed to escape and fight in France 1940 and on into Britain , my great Grandmother saw her husband for the l I was slightly underwhelmed by this book to be honest It clocks in rather modestly at just over 300 pages, of which 40 or so are devoted to a very brief precis of the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, much of which really falls outside the scope of the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact Ofinterest is the lasting legacy of the pact, particularly in the Baltic States, but again this is dealt with rather perfunctorily in the epilogue The body of the book consists of an informative discussion of t I was slightly underwhelmed by this book to be honest It clocks in rather modestly at just over 300 pages, of which 40 or so are devoted to a very brief precis of the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, much of which really falls outside the scope of the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact Ofinterest is the lasting legacy of the pact, particularly in the Baltic States, but again this is dealt with rather perfunctorily in the epilogue The body of the book consists of an informative discussion of the economic collaborat A less than perfect study of the Ribbentrop Molotov pact The economical dimension is most interesting, but discussed with less interest than the chronicle of mutually comitted mass atrocities These ride the tailcoats of Bloodlands Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and would benefit from a little Eastern European antropology as Christopher Browning and Daniel Goldhagen have done for German society The final chapter covering the first week of Operation Barbarossa feels padded, making the book a A less than perfect study of the Ribbentrop Molotov pact The economical dimension is most interesting, but discussed with less interest than the chronicle of mutually comitted mass atrocities These ride the tailcoats of Bloodland Excellent, one of the best books I ve read this year Essential for anyone with an interest in WW2 and post WW2 history and politics Can t recommend highly enough. Please give my review ona helpful vote Soviet Union and Communism have received an amazing pass with respect to their complicity in starting World War II In Rolf Hochhuth s bloated whale of a play, ASIN 0802142427 The Deputy Black cat book , Hochhuth has a character condemn the Pope for not siding with Russia over Germany Hochhuth has his character, Father Riccardo, ask Riccardo Permit me, Your Eminence the moral right, surely, is Please give my review ona helpful vote Soviet Union and Communism have received an amazing pass with respect to their complicity in starting World War II In Rolf Hochhuth s bloated whale of a play, ASIN 0802142427 Th Since the end of the Second World War, people in the West have been taught about how heroically we stood with the Soviet Union and wiped Nazism from the face of the Earth Possibly out of kindness towards Stalin for his assistance or else out of pity for the incredible hardship Russian soldiers faced, the fact that for the first half of WWII Stalin and Hitler were allies has fallen into the realm of historical amnesia Britons, Americans and the other Allies have simply forgotten that the Invasi Since the end of the Second World War, peo History Remembers The Soviets And The Nazis As Bitter Enemies Whose Conflict Was The Decisive Clash Of World War II Yet Hitler And Stalin Signed A Treaty Of Nonaggression That Lasted For Nearly A Third Of The War, And That Is Key To Understanding Why The War Evolved And Ended The Way It Did.In The Devils Alliance, Roger Moorhouse Explains How The Two Powers Though Ideologically Opposed Forged A Brutally Efficient Partnership, Exchanging Raw Materials And Machinery And Orchestrating The Division Of Poland And The Baltic States Hundreds Of Thousands Caught Between Hitler And Stalin Were Killed Or Deported But Ironically, By Sharing Materiel And Technological Expertise During The Pact, The Nazis And Soviets Made Possible A Far Bloody And Protracted War Than Would Have Been Otherwise Conceivable.Combining Comprehensive Research With A Gripping Narrative, The Devils Alliance Is The Authoritative History Of The Nazi Soviet Pact And A Portrait Of The People Whose Lives Were Irrevocably Altered By The Alliance. A description of events around Molotov Ribbentrof Pact signed in August 1939 and which led to partition of Poland the following month The author covers the events following the pact till the attack on Russia in 1941 More detailed description follows.SIGNING THE PACTOn 31st of March 1939 the British government extended a guarantee to Poland to aid her in case of any action threatening its independence Hitler was furious His advisers suggested talks with Russia In the meantime Stalin replaced A description of events around Molotov Ribbentrof Pact signed in August 1939 and which led to partition of Poland the following month The author covers the events following the pact till the attack on Russia in 1941 More detailed description follows.SIGNING THE PACTOn 31st of March 1939 the British government extended a guarantee to Poland to aid her in case of any action threatening its independence Hitler was furious His advisers suggested talks with Russia In the meantime Stalin replaced his foreign commissar Litvinov who was a Jew with Molotov.On 14th of August a combined British an On August 23rd, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union shocked the world by entering into a nonaggression pact They were not merely neighbors and rival powers ruled by domineering men who loathed one another their respective ideologies viewed the other as the chief menace to civilization Yet now, the fists which shook in anger were now extended in friendship, and Europe seemed doomed Within weeks of the pact s signing, German and Soviet armies had both swept into Poland, igniting the Second On August 23rd, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union shocked the world by entering into a nonaggression pact They were not merely neighbors and rival powers ruled by domineering men who loathed one another their respecti This is a brilliant book, but at the risk of sounding pompous, it is an important one.Much has been written on comparisons between Hitler and Stalin The Devils Alliance lets the facts speak for themselves They werethan coincidental actors on the world European stage they were allies who divided Europe in half Hitler s actions were endorsed and mirrored by his later enemy World War II is the story of them both Churchill and the UK are a sideshow After reading this, it is hard to re This is a brilliant


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About the Author: Roger Moorhouse

Living the Dream Historian and author of an international bestseller Berlin at War was 1 in Lithuania as well as a couple of other books, such as Killing Hitler and The Wolf s Lair I would call myself a specialist in Nazi Germany, but I fear that would scare most people off, so I ll just call myself a writer of history books.My current book published in the UK in August 2014 is Living the Dream Historian and author of an international bestseller Berlin at War was 1 in Lithuania as well as a couple of other books, such as Killing Hitler and The Wolf s Lair I would call myself a specialist in Nazi Germany, but I fear that would scare most people off, so I ll just call myself a writer of history books.My current book published in the UK in August 2014 is The Devils Alliance , which is about the Nazi Soviet Pact of 1939 1941 It is a VERY interesting subject so please get a copy Enjoy any questions or queries or just wholesome praise, do let me know


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