Q4. Explain the Soviet expansion and in Eastern Europe
In the post-war years, Stalin’s domestic policy was driven by his intense suspicion of the West because of ideological differences between communism and capitalism along with incidents during the war.
Stalin’s domination of Eastern Europe generally followed almost similar pattern with Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, fell under Soviet domination with Soviet troops occupying their territories. The steps were;
Red Army would liberate the country from the Germans.
Communists would form a coalition government and control key government posts
Communists would gradually force their opponents from the government until only they remained.
Only Yugoslavia had made a Communist government and was able to keep some measure of independence. For the rest of Eastern Europe, an “iron curtain” descended kept it firmly under Stalin’s control.