Communism and Fascism
By Bryan Caplan
In September of 1939, almost exactly 80 years ago, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union started World War II by invading Poland. Though Hitler double-crossed Stalin two years later, the secret provisions of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact explicitly divided Eastern Europe between them. How was this alliance possible – and what was it all about? False modesty aside, I think that my encyclopedia articles on Communism and Fascism are a fine place to start.