Traditionalist: Ideological stance led the Soviet Union to become agressively expanisoinist in order to extend Communist power and undermine capitalism. In turn this compelled the US to adopt a containument policy to prevent the spread of communism.
Cordination of a wider movement
September 1947 - COMINFORM, to increase Soviet control over Communist Parties. COMECON (economic developement in Eastern Bloc) 1949
1919, Lenin established the Cominform. Endorsed 'world revolution.' Peaceful co-existence was a means to an end for Lenin - aim was the creation of a world socialist state. Revamped version?
Communist expansion - Europe
Molotov: 'our ideology stands for offensive operations when possible.'
Truman: ‘Communism has passed beyond the use of subversion to conquer individual nations.’
Despite free elections in Poland 1945, Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1946
- Albania January 1946
- Romania February 1945
- East Germany. Shot-gun marriage between SDP and KDP to become SED. Socialists eventually perged by October 1949.
- Salami Tactics in Hungary…