Why Stalin and wester powers has different goals in regards to eastern Europe?
That's why there was a cold war; Different styles of government. Communism verses free world.
Why was Stalin able to establish such a strong Communist presence in Eastern Europe following World War 2?
It was a meeting in Yalta in Eastern Europe in February 1945. The Big 3(Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin) meet to discuss what they would do with Germany and Europe after the war was over. It was decided that Stalin and the Soviet Union would over take Berlin, and have control of Eastern Europe. This lead to tensions because Stalin forced communism onto the Eastern European countries, and as we know the US was anti-communist.
Several agreements were made between Stalin and the Western Powers at the Yalta Conference of February 1945: Germany and Berlin was to be divided Stalin would join the war against Japan once Hitler was defeated War criminals were to be hunted down and punished All three (USSR, GB, USA) would join the UN Free elections were to be held in Eastern Europe Eastern Europe would become a 'Soviet Sphere of influence'
What effects of soviet leader Joseph Stalin refused free elections in Eastern Europe and set up satellite nations on US?
At the conclusion of WW 2, the Western allies sought democratic governments for Eastern Europe and basically for all of Europe. The Soviets under Joseph Stalin had other ideas. Their armies essentially occupied the Eastern nations where they had driven out the Nazi armies. The Soviets had an expansionist ideology and installed communist governments in the nations of Eastern Europe. This included East Germany.
Why did Eastern European economies grow more slowly than Western European economies after World War 2?
Eastern European nations under the control of Stalin, lost whatever wealth Stalin could take back into the USSR and still have its eastern satellite nations survive. Eastern Europe progressed slowly and aside from Stalin's theft, their socialist economies did not meet the requirements of creating more wealth.
The US, Canada, and Western Europe formed NATO in order to counteract the perceived threat from the Soviet Union, who had the world's largest and strongest army which was sprawled across Eastern Europe. This move prompted Stalin to form a similar alliance system in Eastern Europe called the Warsaw Pact.
Why did the Allied victory in World War 2 did not lead to the spread of capitalist democratic-republics across Eastern Europe?
What?Isn't Communism good? Anyway, Soviet Union is part of Allied after the betrayal of Hitler (Operation Barbarossa). If without soviet's aid, US might need to plant 2 more atomic bombs on Berlin. (I say Maybe). So Stalin took the credit for defeating Germans and was able to gain control in Eastern Europe. By the way, USSR did suffer heavy damage, which is a good "excuse" for Stalin to fight for control in Eastern Europe so…
Eastern Europe is 'poorer' than western europe, during the war they were helpless and were taken over by Germany or the Soviets, with the fall of both empires countries taken by Hitler and Stalin suffered and were left to fend for themselves. The countries in the East have started to pick themselves up in the recent decades and they each support their neighbours,places like Azerbaijan are not as poor any more and it fact some…
Stalin created puppet states in Eastern Europe to expand the power of the USSR. It also enabled the Soviet Union to take advantage of these nations' natural resources and their industries. The idea that he created the socalled Soviet bloc to protect the USSR from Western Europe and the US, is a convenient way to rationalize his method of imperialism. And, the idea that by controlling the nations of Eastern Europe, he prevented the creation…
The Eastern Nations were kept by Stalin and the USSR. They became the Eastern Bloc. They tried to get free of communism but it did not work. Yugoslavia was able to get free of USSR control. In the 1990s they were finally freed of USSR control and able to become self ruling nations with viable economies. Prior to the final end of the war many people did get out of those eastern nations and make…