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The deadly embrace : Hitler, Stalin, and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941 / Anthony Read and David Fisher.

By: Read, Anthony.
Contributor(s): Fisher, David, 1929-2018 | Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Norton, 1988Edition: 1st American ed.Description: xxi, 687 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0393025284; 9780393025286; 0393306518; 9780393306514.Subject(s): Germany. Treaties, etc. Soviet Union, 1939 August 23 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history | Germany -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union | Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- Germany | World War (1939-1945) | Treaties, etc. (Germany and Soviet Union : 1939 August 23) | Diplomatic history | Diplomatic relations | Germany | Soviet Union | Deutsch-sowjetischer Nichtangriffspakt | Außenpolitik | Sowjetunion | Deutschland | Geschichte 1939-1941 | 1939-1945DDC classification: 940.53/2
Contents:
The deadly embrace -- Source notes -- Interviews and correspondence.
Summary: The non-aggression pact helped Germany to strike Poland without interference. In turn, Russia absorbed vast tracts of eastern Europe. It cost 20 million Russian lives.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 667-674) and index.

The non-aggression pact helped Germany to strike Poland without interference. In turn, Russia absorbed vast tracts of eastern Europe. It cost 20 million Russian lives.

The deadly embrace -- Source notes -- Interviews and correspondence.

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Read and Fisher, both connected with BBC-TV, have produced a most readable narrative of events from Munich through the negotiation and refinement of the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Pact, and on to Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Although the authors give attention to military events, their focus is diplomacy, and they offer an extended study of the period. They throw an especially bright light on the tangled web of diplomacy in the summer of 1939, Soviet dealings with the Baltic nations in 1939-40, and Nazi-Soviet cooperation between 1939 and 1941. Although the authors are inclined to make Hitler a little too clever and Chamberlain a little too inept, they support their judgments with appropriate evidence. Their documentation is, however, difficult to follow, and their research might have profited from greater attention to resources in languages other than English. Read and Fisher did interview a number of persons associated with these events, generally those not on the policy-making level at the time, and, in several cases, what those persons told the authors provides new and useful information. A particularly strong feature of the book is the care with which Read and Fisher provide characterizations of the principal actors, helping to make the work a lively account. Upper-division undergraduates and general readers. -B. Lowry, University of North Texas

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