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What were the stages of Eastern Europe's takeover by Communism?

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What were the stages of Eastern Europe's takeover by Communism? STAGE 1 : POLAND Stalin's first priority was control of Poland. The country was one of the largets in Eastern Europe and, if conquered, it provided a corridor to Germany. As the red Army pushed back the German one, Soviet soldiers remained in Easter European countries. This happened also with Poland. The Soviets set up anti-fascist governments and at the end of June 1945 a few London poles were included in the Polish government. However, as Stalin gave leading positions to Communists, the Lublin group remained largely dominant. ...read more.

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STAGE 2: ROMANIA AND BULGARIA After Poland Stalin's first priorities were the control of Romania and Bulgaria. These two countries had ice-free port and across the Black Sea there was the USSR, so transport for the Soviets would be very easy. As the Red Army pushed back the German Army they set up coalition governments dominated by Communists in late 1944. In February 1945, within days of the Yalta Agreement Vyshinsky, a leading Communist, ordered the King of Romania to appoint a new prime minister appointed by Stalin. When the King of Romania said that this was not in line with the Yalta Agreement, Vyshinsky shouted at the King. ...read more.

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The non-Communist Smallholders' party won the elections. In August 1947 there were rigged elections and Communists won. In November all non-Communist parties were banned. The final stage in the takeover came when Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia in 1948. Before that the country was ruled by Communist and Non-Communist parties. When there were fair election in 1946 the Communists won 38% of the votes. The President and the Foreign Minister were non-Communist, but the Prime Minister was Communist. In 1947 there was an economic crisis in the country. The next elections were due to May 1948, but the Communists were afraid that they might lose, so they seized power by force. Many non-Communists were killed including the Foreign Minister. Soon rigged elections were held and the Communists won. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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