SOVIET CONTROL OF EASTERN EUROPE

  • Created by: Basital
  • Created on: 04-04-17 09:15
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  • Soviet take-over of Eastern Europe
    • Memory of 1918-39
      • Between the 2 WWs most Eastern European countries had be hostile to the USSR
      • Poland + France signed -> non-aggression pact
      • Hungary + Romania had fought on Germany's side in WW2 [against the USSR]
    • Percentage deals
      • Stalin + Churchill
      • Towards the end of the war
        • Agreed on the informal division of Eastern Europe
      • Stalin assumed that Churchill was accepting the influence of soviets in Eastern Europe
    • Strategic Importance of Poland
      • Soviet security depended on a friendly Polish Government
      • 1945 - Stalin wanted to move the Polish frontier so that most of it became the UUSR
      • Stalin wanted a communist government in Poland
    • Security
      • USSR had been invaded by Germany, in 1914 AND 1945
      • Stalin wanted a 'buffer zone' of friendly states
        • Portect against future invasion.
    • BUT
      • THE WEST SAW THIS AS A TAKEOVER BY POLITICAL REASONS
        • STALIN WANTED TO SPREAD COMMUNISM IN EUROPE

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