A Marriage of Convenience: The Story of Interwar Relations between Soviet Russia and Germany
As we begin to consider the story of the interwar Russo-German relations, it will be helpful to understand some of the special problems which this new historical era brought. One of the most important of these problems was ideological in nature. For the first time ever, a German Republic dealt with a political system in Russia which held high the ideological aim of changing Germany's society. This seemed to be a contradiction. How could two countries carry on tolerable relations when one of them continually tried to provoke revolution in the other? The answer to this came from the Soviets, who attempted to separate the political from the ideological. The result of this was a schizoid Soviet policy which attempted to maintain advantageous relations officially, while simultaneously working for world socialist revolution through an organization called Comintern.Missing page 17.