HIST 264_Lecture 13 Notes_Communism

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Communist Takeovers 1/27/13 2:28 PM 1938-1948 How did communism rise? Enters after WWII, starts with the Warsaw uprising Home army is doomed:  resisting both Germans and Soviets. They attempt to create an interval  between both powers controlling.  For Poland WWII starts and ends with a Soviet invasion Operation Tempest. August 1 1944 try to take Warsaw. Red Army stops  advancing and let the Polish fight the Germans so they are both weakened  (Easier for Soviets later on). The Allies (in Italy at this point) want to help Poles, but Stalin blocks this move  by not letting them cross Ukraine (shows bad faith) Stalin says no primarily to  establish a sphere of influence. Soviets enter on their own terms and find  rubble START of Cold War??? All of the places allied with or occupied by Germany become Communist/Soviet  Satellites. (Each state is different) Hungary:  tried to switch sides to join the USSR. Fail because of German coup with  siege of Budapest Romania:  manages to switch sides to allies Yugoslavia:  invaded in 1941 and manages to liberate itself Austria and Czechoslovakia:  annexed and then liberated by both UK/USA and the  USSR Ukraine and Baltics:  retaken by the Soviets Poland:  SPECIAL It was an ally in the war, and it was ONLY liberated by the  USSR. Fights alongside the liberal democracies, but liberated by authoritarians  (never liberated and have constant tradition of Soviet invasions) Why did Poland become Communist?
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  • Spring '11
  • TimothySnyder
  • USSR, communist takeovers

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