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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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