History OCR ~ Stalin's takeover of eastern Europe

a summary of what happened in each of the countries Stalin tried to take over

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  • Created by: Eden
  • Created on: 25-11-09 20:26

The Baltic States

The Baltic States

  • At the end of the war, the Soviet Union extended by annexing Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
  • The Soviet Union had occupied these countries during the war with Finland and kept them
  • It also kept the eastern half of Poland it had occupied as part of the Nazi-Soviet agreement
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Poland

Poland

  • After the war, the Communists joined a coalition government.
  • At the request of Britain and the USA at the end of June 1945, Stalin included a few London Poles in the new Polish government.
  • In 1947, they forced the non-Communist leader into exile and rigged elections.
  • This saw the return of the Communist government
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Romania

Romania

  • After the expulsion of the Nazis, a coalition government dominated by communists was set up.
  • In February 1945, the Soviet Union forced the King of Romania to appoint a communist prime minister.
  • By the middle of the year, communists were in control
  • In 1947, the monarchy was abolished
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Greece

Greece

  • Here the communists were not succesful
  • They fought a civil war against royalists supported by Britain and the USA
  • Stalin stuck by his promise to the wester allies, not to provide support for the Greek Communists who were finally defeated in 1949
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Bulgaria

Bulgaria

  • In late 1944 a communist-dominated coalition government was set up
  • In November 1945 the communists won rigged elections
  • In 1946 they abolished the monarchy
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Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia

  • A left-wing coalition won elections in 1945
  • In 1946, Communists became the largest single party but still in a coalition
  • In 1948, when their position was threatened, they banned other parties and made the country a Communist one party state
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East Germany

East Germany

  • The Soviet Union controlled the eastern section of Germany after the war
  • In 1949 it became a separate communist state; the Germany Democratic Republic
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Hungary

Hungary

  • In November 1945, free elections were held and the non-communist Smallholders' Party won the most seats
  • In August 1947, rigged elections were held and the Communists won total control
  • All other political parties were then banned
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Comments

rhfghdf

Good basic information.

Miss E

A useful summary of the Soviet Union's actions with each country in Eastern Europe. Add these notes to your timeline.

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