Topics: World War II, Communism, Soviet Union Pages: 4 (1646 words) Published: May 6, 2013
Q. “Terror and repression were elements in establishing and maintaining communist regimes in post-war Eastern Europe. Discuss” During post-war Europe both terror and repression were both elements that wore essential in establishing and maintaining communist regimes. Countries in Eastern Europe include Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia. As World War II was ending both Russia and Germany had different views out what they expected the outcome to be. For theses Eastern –European countries their fate was already sealed. The Russians sought the area to be a ‘zone of satellites’ for which they would take control in the expansion of communism. Communism was originally established in Russia in 1917 and spread hugely throughout Eastern Europe. Whiles Russia had their ‘great plan’ the Germans wanted to occupy the land for the German people so they could use the resources available. Both countries new they could use Eastern Europe to their advantages for economic reasons through agriculture and oil. Either way the results caused by this war would result in East Europe having to change their ways whether they liked it or not. It also was the establishment of communist nations throughout Eastern Europe. The Soviet Union won the war and thereby conquered the countries that Nazi German has control over: mainly Eastern Europe. These countries where now conquered by the Soviet Union and hugely influenced by them. Restrictions under the Soviet Union varied from country to country in Eastern Europe. The Eastern-European Country that I will examine is Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia is a satellite state. This term is used mainly for Eastern European countries. It implies that these countries were "satellites" under control of the hegemony of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had Dominance of many of the countries in Eastern Europe. Yugoslavia was a key state of the eastern block and had a huge negative effect with Stalin. After the evasions of the...
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