During the last days of World War II and in the years immediately following

During the last days of World War II and in the years immediately following

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During the last days of World War II and in the years immediately following, communism conquered  large portions of the world. Soviet armies first rolled through the countries of Eastern Europe, setting  up Russian "satellite" nations in East Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and elsewhere.  Communists then came to power in China and North Korea and launched an invasion of South  Korea. Shortly thereafter, communism was also dominant in Cuba, on America's doorstep. In the  1940s and 1950s, communism was an expanding military power, threatening to engulf the free world. This time period was the height of the Cold War — the ideological battle between the United States  and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union ruled its empire in Eastern Europe by means of terror,  brutally suppressing an uprising by Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956. The Russians developed the 
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