I am reading "Toward Freedom, The Case against Race Reductionism" by Toure Reed. In his section about Black Progressives, he writes about how the influence of the Communist Party on the NNC led to the organization of increased antifascist rallies against Nazism in Europe. However, Toure Reed also mentions shortly afterwards how the Communist Party closed ranks after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Soviet-German alliance.
I do not recall learning much about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Soviet-German alliance, and I am curious if someone can help me find excellent sources with more context about how the Soviets (under Stalin) and Nazis ended up forming an alliance when anti-fascist politics were embraced by international worker-based communist movements around the world at that time. More concretely, I'm curious about:
- How did Soviet people feel about this alliance between the Soviets and Nazis?
- What justification did the Soviet Union give to anti-fascist Communist Party members?
- How did leaders around the world feel about this? What about communist-friendly citizenry? It appears, at least, based on Toure Reed's work and some Google searches, that the Communist citizenry in the United States had many communists resign or cynically support isolationist politics.
Edit: I'm interested in these attitudes during the time frame between the Molotov-Ribbentrop Treaty and the Nazis invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.