The years leading up to the beginning of World War 2 are a maze of treaties and agreements. What is interesting, however, is that these treaties and agreements set the stage for an almost soap opera tale of friendship and betrayal. This is a collection of the most relevant treaties and agreements that students may read and use in classroom discussion about the events leading up to World War 2. Students are sometimes mystified with how easily it was for the Soviets to agree on a mutual aggression pact with Germany or how the Japanese already planned on betraying ongoing discussions with America in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor (even going so far as to send their farewell communique the morning of December 7). My students have commented that this was one of the most interesting lessons they ever had.