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"Stalin showed a surprising pragmatism and readiness to compromise in seeking to secure Soviet interests in Europe in the period 1943- June 1945". Discuss.

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"Stalin showed a surprising pragmatism and readiness to compromise in seeking to secure Soviet interests in Europe in the period 1943- June 1945". Discuss. In the period of 1943-45, Stalin made a number of compromises, with regard to his interests, in the policies he had imposed on the countries liberated by the Soviet forces. For fear of the Western Powers, Stalin had adopted policies that he hoped would not antagonise them in any way; this was so that he was free to be able to consolidate power in these countries at a later date. In the liberated territories Stalin had advised the local Communists to form alliances with the Liberal, Socialist and Peasant parties; forming coalitions that brought Communism into government. ...read more.


Though at first it appeared that Stalin showed a surprising pragmatism in trying to secure his interests, he in fact was perfectly in control, and by having this committee set up he did not compromise, he simply covered up his real intentions of a forthcoming regime within Poland. His real policy was revealed when the Polish Home Army rose up to Germans in Warsaw in August 1944. Stalin then went on to impose his policies, and by January 1945 had achieved a communist dominated Committee acting as the provisional government for Poland. As in Poland, Stalin appeared to show a surprising amount of compromise when persuading Bulgarian communists to pursue a moderate policy, which would also involve tolerating political opposition and to work within a Patriotic Front Coalition. ...read more.


consolidation of power, however it did give Stalin an advantage in that this had effectively legitimised Communism as a party and allowed them to work from within the government. This was the general pattern throughout Stalin's consolidation of communist power within Eastern Europe, and although it appears he is making a large compromise in terms of his interests, the compromises and pragmatism he shows acts as a cover for his long term plans. Therefore Stalin did show the readiness to compromise and act pragmatically in securing his interests, but this is simply how it was perceived by the USA and the British, when in actual fact, Stalin did act in his own interests throughout the liberation of Europe, but did so without conflicting with the Western Powers in any way. ...read more.

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