Why did the USSR want control over Eastren Europe from 1945 onwards

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  • Why did the USSR want control over Eastern Europe from 1945 onwards
    • The war factor
      • 26 million died
      • wanted compensation
      • terrible damage on the USSR
    • The ideological factor
      • Wanted to spread communism
      • Stalin believed capitalism was an ideology driven by greed and economic exploitation
    • The security factor
      • Eastern Europe countries would be a buffer zone
        • there to protect the USSR from further attacks
      • The atomic bomb the USA fired on Japan
    • The economic factor
      • much of the agriculture, industry and infrastructure was destroyed
      • believed they deserved compensation
      • was able to take 25% of manufactured goods out of other three zones inGermany


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