The Communist bloc 1945–85

  • Stuart Miller
Part of the Palgrave Master Series book series (PAMAS)


Churchill’s ‘invisible iron curtain’ divided Europe into two distinct spheres of influence, the western democratic sector and the USSR dominated satellite bloc. Germany was divided into two states. However, the western democracies by no means spoke or acted in unison despite their economic and military integration, while the Soviet bloc was troubled by recurrent strains and problems of increasing seriousness. Ultimately, after 1985, the removal of the threat of Soviet tanks would reveal the real depth of division and discontent in the eastern bloc.


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Further reading

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