Europe_East - Overview Location - b/w W. Europe and ? -...

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Eastern Europe Overview • Location - b/w W. Europe and ?? - about 1/3 of the area of W. Europe - less prosperous than West Europe - less urbanized - poorer infrastructure Once a communist bloc 1945, communism materialized Æ An “iron curtain” descended Dominated by USSR Æ “the satellites of the Soviet Union” Dissent in Eastern Europe Yugoslavia (under Marshal Tito) Expelled by Joseph Stalin from the world communist movement De-Stalinization under Nikita Khrushchev -- led to Albania’s withdrawal in the 1950s Hungary events in 1956 “Prague Spring” in Czechoslovakia in 1968
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• Dramatic changes since the late 1980s - Overturned their governments By the end of 1989: E. Germany, Poland, Hungary Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria Albania soon rejected communism - Dec. 25, 1991, Soviet Union ceased to exist Mikhail Gorbachev resigns 1 country Æ 15 countries • Yugoslavia fell apart completely! Yugoslavia
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