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Worried that Czechoslovakia was slipping from his grasp, the Soviet leader, Brezhnev, declared that the USSR would not allow the countries of Eastern Europe to reject communism ‘even if it meant a third World War’.
Czechoslovakia became a satellite state of the Soviet Union; it was a founding member of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon) in 1949 and of the Warsaw Pact in 1955. The attainment of Soviet-style “socialism” became the government’s avowed policy.
How did the Soviets respond? The uprisings were caused by poor working conditions like dangerous factory conditions. The Soviets responded by bringing in their army and threatening them. What is the major theme that ties the Polish, Hungarian, and Czechoslovakian uprisings together?
The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. Overview of the Potsdam Conference. For purposes of occupation, the Americans, British, French, and Soviets divided Germany into four zones. The American, British, and French zones together made up the western two-thirds of Germany, while the Soviet zone comprised the eastern third.
During the four years the plan was in effect, the United States donated $17 billion (equivalent to $204.66 billion in 2020) in economic and technical assistance to help the recovery of the European countries that joined the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation.
Explanation: The Soviet Union’s proclaimed goal was worldwide communism. Due to this, there had been no trust from the start between the two countries. The US feared further encroachment of the USSR and expansion of the “red zone”.