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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, Soviet Policy, and the Establishment of a Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe, 1941–1948

Stalin, Soviet Policy, and the Establishment of a Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe, 1941–1948

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(p.264) 11 Stalin, Soviet Policy, and the Establishment of a Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe, 1941–1948
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Stalin and Europe
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Mark Kramer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.003.0012

Domestic politics and postwar exigencies in the Soviet Union, along with Stalin’s postwar external ambitions, decisively shaped Soviet ties with eastern Europe after 1945. Stalin’s adoption of increasingly repressive and xenophobic policies at home and his determination to quell armed insurgencies in regions annexed by the Soviet Union after the war were matched by his embrace of a harder line vis-à-vis eastern Europe. The decades before the war and the war years themselves helped to shape Stalin’s policies and goals after the war. The process of establishing communism under Soviet auspices in eastern Europe during the second half of the 1940s varied from country to country, but there were many similarities.

Keywords:   Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, German Democratic Republic, East Germany, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Soviet bloc

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