The Soviet control of East Europe.

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After the World War Two, the USSR had gained control over the Eastern Europe It's a name and thus doesn't take an article. In the beginning Stalin was willing to accept a coalition government for several years, tell me because of Potsdam/Yaltabut the tension that are generated by the Cold War forced these countries to accept communist system. This was deeply influenced by the international relation and situation between the USSR and the West including the US. Red army has stayed in those countries and Stalin concerned about the security of the USSR. The USSR has successfully, even though there were a few uprisings, controlled these states until 1980's through political, economic and military impacts.

Politically, many methods were used to maintain communism in Eastern Europe by the USSR, such as using Salami Tactics to encourage communist parties gain control over the governments. This was particularly useful in Hungary when the communist party and the leader Rakosi accused the Smallholders' Party, peasants' party, being anti-Soviet and pro-fascist.

This showed the process of communist domination and the pressure exerted by Soviet leaders. Salami tactics were very useful in Bulgaria 1947 and Romania 1947. It also worked in other countries that result ending up with one party state. Also, the leaders of these Eastern European countries in Soviet Bloc had close relationship with Moscow. For instance, Boleslasw Bierut, the president of Poland from 1945 to 1952 had spent 5 years in Moscow. Walter Ulbricht, the East German leader, spent years in the USSR. They showed their loyalty towards the USSR. In order to achieve higher range of control, Comeinform was introduced in 1947. It was set up to organize communist parties throughout Europe that was meant to be the Soviet response to the Truman Doctrine and trying to...