18: Post-war central and eastern Europe (1945-2000)

This section explores developments in central and eastern Europe from 1945 to 2000. It covers the transition from wartime occupation to 'liberation' and then to Soviet dominance in all states other than Yugoslavia. It looks at the nature and extent of resistance to communist rule in these years, why Soviet influence finally ended in 1989 and political, economic and social developments in this region since 1989.

Note that this section is under construction and we will add sections as we finish them! It should be completed by September 2019

Specifically this topic covers:

  • Soviet actions in Europe 1945 to 1955; its establishment of political, military and economic domination in the region; why Yugoslavia was able to challenge Soviet control
  • Challenges to Soviet control in East Germany, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia 1945 to 1968
  • Acceptance of and opposition to Soviet control, 1968 to1 989 in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland
  • The reasons of the collapse of Soviet control in Eastern Europe in 1989
  • The war in Yugoslavia
  • A case study of one central or eastern European country, 1989 to 2000
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