Part I -- ROOTS AND STRATEGIES OF THE COLD WAR BEFORE REAGAN

Chapter 3 - The Cold War Builds From the Hitler-Stalin Pact to the Iron Curtain 1939 to 1950

Summary

This chapter continues the previous chapter’s 1848–1939 narrative on the largely forgotten roots of the Cold War in the Soviet Union’s anti-democratic Marxist-Leninist doctrines and Vladimir Lenin’s and Joseph Stalin’s betrayals and violent actions at home and abroad. Shaping events under Lenin were his 1917 coup and his permanent civil war and violent imposition of the totalitarian Communist blueprint within the Soviet Union and through Soviet imperialism abroad. These were followed by Joseph Stalin’s gulag camps, ethnic transports, killing fields (as in the Ukraine), and constant purges, as well Soviet violations of its anti-subversion pledges given in return for Roosevelt’s diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933.

Soviet Collaboration with National Socialist Germany. The previously reviewed historical turning points that shaped the Soviet Cold War on democracy were followed by other brutal realities covered up in Moscow and neglected by many historians, notably including Soviet collaboration with the totalitarian Axis powers at the start of and long into the Second World War. Soviet collaboration with Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist (Nazi) Germany included KGB-Gestapo secret police actions against socialists and Jews, Soviet betrayals in the Spanish Civil War, and the Hitler-Stalin Pact of August 1939 that in September launched the Second World War with a joint German-Soviet invasion of Poland. Stalin cheered Hitler’s 1940 blitzkrieg invasions of France,

[Book pg. 45]

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