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Stalin and EuropeImitation and Domination, 1928-1953$
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Timothy Snyder and Ray Brandon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.001.0001

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Stalin’s Wartime Vision of the Peace, 1939–1945

Stalin’s Wartime Vision of the Peace, 1939–1945

(p.233) 10 Stalin’s Wartime Vision of the Peace, 1939–1945
Stalin and Europe

Geoffrey Roberts

Oxford University Press

Stalin’s vision of the peace was complex, contradictory, and multifaceted, with ideological, ethnic, and realist dimensions. Stalin expected the war to be transformative, but he also foresaw large elements of continuity, including the restoration of a Europe made up of independent sovereign states—albeit one divided into Soviet and non-Soviet spheres of influence. Stalin’s vision of the peace met with mixed results. The Grand Alliance broke up after the war, but the ensuing Cold War proved to be a relatively stable and peaceful international order. The communist advance into eastern Europe was considerable, but the communist challenge in western Europe had faded by the late 1940s.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, Second World War, Grand Alliance, United States, Great Britain, postwar order, Europe, Cold War

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