Why would Stalin trust Hitler?

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    Stalin read Mein Kampf, which outlined what Hitler's goals were, yet he took the Molotov/von Ribbentropf agreement at face value and was taken completely off guard when Hitler attacked.
     
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    Because Stalin was an idiot.
     
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    stalin didn't trust hitler.

    he misread him.

    from what I've read, the soviets felt war with germany was inevitiable, they just didn't think it would come as early as 1941.
     
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    I don't think Stalin particularly trusted Hitler. He made the deal with Hitler because it gave the SU half of Poland.
     
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    As we misread Japan's intentions, so Stalin misread Hitler's intentions. And Stalin was had absolute power, so nothing was done to lesson the damage of his misjudgement.
     
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    Stalin was hoping for a german two front war which did not happen before germany invaded russia. He was lead to believe this would occur but the allies let him down.
     
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    Stalin was a guy who cared about winning or defeating the enemy more than anything. He also cared a power. He took it as an opportunity to defeat Hitler.

    He was hoping the Germans would attack Russia. In my mind that's exactly what he wanted. He knew the Germans wouldn't completly defeat his army. And he also knew it would take a lot out of the Germans to win a fight within Russia.

    So in his mind it was a victory when the Germans had to pull out. Could you say luck was on his side that Hitler made the mistake and attacked to late in the year and his army was demolished by the harsh winter...maybe. Idk exactly wat you would call that.

    But what Stalin also thought was when the Germans did pull out Russia would be left in complete turmoil. Chaos every where. And with chaos, there is always a chance for a leader to arise. He took it as an opportunity to come to power over Russia.
     
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    Because Stalin was a coward! Coward usually try to find a little defenselss guy to pick on and then go up to him! they never want to attack the 6'6 250 lb bodybuilder!

    There no different than the hypocritical left today. They are deathly afraid of the Islamist, even though all their rhetoric, writings and preaching point to their desire to a global Islamist domination, therefore they look for other targets. Evangenicals, Americans, Jews (esp Jews), Israel, globalization, capitalism etc. They are so afraid of the Islamist they try to make hay with others!

    That is why Stalin jumped in bed with Hitler even though Hitler had a butcher knife. Stalin was deathly afraid od him!
     
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    That is why Stalin signed the Ribbontropf pact? That's a new one on me. How was Stalin hoping for a two front war by signing that agreement?

    More accurately, Stalin stabbed the Western allies in the back by making that deal, guaranteeing Hitler he would *not* face a two front war when he invaded Poland, which is what he feared.
     
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    Stalin was not hoping Hitler would attack. he was dumbfounded when it happened. Look at the speech he gave after the attack. He was obviously shaken.
     

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