• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Was teh spread of Communism a success?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Spread of Communism was a success. Do you agree? Explain your answer fully. The Spread of Communism in eastern Europe was maybe the most successful one. From 1945 till 1948 five countries - Romania, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia - turned from capitalist countries (sometimes with monarchy) into Communist ones. This was a great success for the Soviet Union, particularly because it offered a buffer zone in its western part, but also because it represented a victory for Stalin and the Soviet Communism in the war against US and capitalism. Also, soon Albania and Yugoslavia followed, even though the last one was never in good relations with the USSR, this emphasising the sweeping power that the Communist Ideology had in these regions. ...read more.

Middle

This made communism seems less successful in comparison to capitalism, and thus it represented a minus point for the communist ideology in the battle with capitalism. Stalin wanted to take over Greece and soon his intentions provoked a civil war. However, the USA was determined to fight against the spreading out fo Communism - by applying the Truman Doctrine - and they managed to fulfill their aim in this region and prevented the Communists to gain control over Greece. The Doctrine was applied for Turkey as well, and the country managed to remain part of the Western pro-American group of countries. ...read more.

Conclusion

In 1948 Communists took over North Korea. Even though they failed to spread to South Korea as well - due to American support - the expansion can be considered a success as North Korea is still today a strongly Communist country. It is true that Communists never managed to take over Greece, Turkey, South Korea or West Berlin and Germany, but they spread Communism to half of Europe - eastern -, a quarter of the world's population - China -, to Cuba and North Korea. The last three countries are still nowadays Communist, showing the power of Communism's expansion and thus that overall it was a success. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1945-1991 essays

  1. Why was Gallipoli a Failure

    This gave the Turks some time to replenish and reload and to get ready for a land assault. This gave the Turks another line of strength over the Gallipoli plan.

  2. Were the five-year plans a success?

    Even though the plans were complex and had ambitious targets, they were efficient. For the reason that they were set out in such a way that by 1929 every worker knew what he or she had to achieve. The first Five-Year Plan focused on the major industries and was started straight away in 1929.

  1. To what extent were Fulgencio Batista's weaknesses the cause for Fidel Castro's rise to ...

    His book reviews all Cuban history, but it focuses on the revolution. It was published in 1995, which provides P�rez of the advantage of time and hindsight. Thus, I believe it is a relevant and valuable source, and a primary one, because the writer was studying the events while they happened.

  2. Cold War Short Essays - Questions and Answers.

    The SALT would slow it down. Another key feature of SALT was that it aimed to reduce the number of ABM?s, SLBM?s and ICBM?s that both parties had. This was done to gradually decrease the threat of a nuclear war.

  1. Cold War Summary, quotes and revision notes.

    were accused of not fully sharing their nuclear technology with the Chinese * After the death of Stalin, Mao Zedong considered himself leader of the communist world. He attacked Khrushchev and other Soviet leaders for going soft on ideology and not being supportive enough of the world revolution.

  2. The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR

    revitalize and transform the USSR after the sterile years following Khrushchev?s fall, and he often talked of his ?glasnost? and ?perestroika?. He introduced new and very important laws in economic affairs. He announced in November 1986 ?1987 will be the year for broad applications of the new methods of economic management?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work