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What effects did Soviet policy in Eastern Europe, 1945- 1948, have on relations between the Superpowers?

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What effects did Soviet policy in Eastern Europe, 1945- 1948, have on relations between the Superpowers? Between 1945 and 1948 Stalin tried his best to ensure that Communist governments came to power in all the countries of Eastern Europe. Communists shared power with other parties in coalition governments in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. However Stalin was not prepared for the USSR to share power, as by 1948 all the states in Eastern Europe had communist governments and communists took full control of the governments in Poland, Hungary and Romania. This wasn't so difficult for Stalin to do as the Red Army who worked for the USSR, freed much of Eastern Europe from the Nazis, and they just remained in the countries and occupied them as they established a communist government. ...read more.

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Stalin was invading countries rather than helping them, which caused tension between the superpowers. The land of the states should have been distributed and as the USSR was converting many governments into communist governments Truman was extremely annoyed as he was a strong anti-communist. Stalin mainly set up the communist governments in Eastern Europe to ensure future safety however this was seen as distrust and greed. The Soviet Union was in charge of Germany however as Berlin was a powerful capital that land was distributed between the west and the USSR. A soviet policy in Eastern Europe which greatly affected the relations between the superpowers is when Stalin made a blockade between his half East Germany (GDR) ...read more.

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Stalin consequently made a blockade from Berlin not letting anyone go out or enter. This meant that the western superpowers were unable to deliver supplies to West Berlin. This caused a lot of friction between the opposing sides as this was the first major event of the cold war. The westerners tried to overcome the blockade, they could not drive through as there would be an army guards and open violence would be used, so they decided to use air force instead. Stalin was not happy with this either, but as the westerners did not give in, this showed that they were prepared to fight back and not give in which was a sign/symbol of the cold war. ...read more.

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