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History 158C 10.28.2010 Easter Europe I. Overview Communist Easter Europe lasts until the 1980s why? o Totalitarian regime continues o East vs. West o Extent of Soviet Empire o How to maintain communist control? Economics council for mutual economic assistance Military Warsaw Pact 1955 Ideological CommInfo Bureau for Communist Information All feeds into ComIntern Lockdown situation Iron Curtain II. Communism why/how does it take hold? Military conquest garrisons of Soviet troops in Easter Europe Buffer states warning system Stalinization gradual process o Formation of coalition governments in satellite states Take political control not easy, gradual Freedoms during the time o Milosz 1951 classic study of Stalinization o Nature of 20 th century Easter European conflict States split
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Unformatted text preview: No strong history of independence – except Poland Consequences of 1945 – Easter Europe has no sense of self Milan Kundera Collaborationist regimes Comulka Marshall Tito – Yugoslavia o Stays communist but expelled from ComInfo 1948 Hoxha – Albania o 1960 – stays communist but aligns self with China Soviet Union o Stalin – great successful leader of WWII o Monuments to WWII – glory o Church – important – Stalin willing to relax restrictions III. Success Economic takeup – urbanization 1950s/60s o Stagnation 1970s/80s Many people buy into communism o Offers jobs, welfare, etc o Mary FUlbrook Destalinization – post 1953 – khruschev o Gives hope to people in Easter Europe – makeover regime Technological prestige & success...
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