Sample History Thesis Paper on The Impact of Nazi-Soviet Pact to USSR and Nazi Germany during 1939-1941

The Impact of Nazi-Soviet Pact to USSR and Nazi Germany during 1939-1941

The relationship between the Germans and the Soviet Union experienced increased cases of tension and rapprochement for the better part of the 20th century. The period preceding the First World War saw each country embark on individual development reducing the high tension that had brought animosity and bad relations between the two nations. As normalcy continued, steady relations were more evident after the sealing of the Rapallo Treaty in 1922. However, the agreement of the treaty did not last long as in 1933 when Adolf Hitler rose to power, as he termed the Soviet Union as the core enemy of Germany through propaganda and the anti-Bolshevik rhetoric

  • The impact of Schnurre travel to Moscow January 20, 1939 to deliberate on the German Soviet trade pacts and the cancellation of the trip to a future date.
  • The Germans became anxious about concluding both an economic and a political pact,

and placed increasing pressure on the Soviets to make a decision (Neilson, Greg Kennedy and David 21)

  • Even though the pact stipulated that each nation contribute economically, the terms of trade were unequal. The treaty stipulated that the Soviet Union was to provide a higher percentage of goods than Germany was, although the language of the agreement did not directly state this.
  • The provisions of the treaty benefited Germany; it was able to trade its outdated machinery, which was often better than the materials produced in the Soviet Union, for necessary raw materials (Trachtenberg133).
  • The agreements lasted for twenty-two months and were relatively successful until Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 (Roberts 5).
  • Germany also gained a military advantage as a result of the various economic pacts. As previously stated, access to resources was vital to the German military and it was able to mobilize at a faster rate than the Western powers.
  • The Economic Pact of 1939 and the Credit Agreement of 1940 enabled Germany to continue its mobilization and remilitarization in preparation for war (Neilson, Greg Kennedy and David 21).

Works cited

Chapman, Carole. “Hitler As War Leader, 1939-1941.” History Review 71 (2011): 44-49. Academic Search Premier. Web.

Neilson, Keith, Greg Kennedy, and David French. The British Way in Warfare: Power and the International System, 1856-1956 : Essays in Honour of David French. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2010.Print

Roberts, Geoffrey. Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. Print.

Trachtenberg, Marc. The Craft of International History: A Guide to Method. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. Print

Weinberg, Gerhard L. “The Nazi-Soviet Pacts: A Half-Century Later.” Foreign Affairs 68.4 (1989): 175-189. Business Source Complete. Web.