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What were the central features of Stalinism in Eastern Europe?

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  1. Introduction
  2. The basis of Stalin's ideology
  3. The political system under Stalin
  4. Support for the system
  5. The industrial proletariat supporting Communist rule
  6. The major aspects of the Stalinist political program
    1. Economic reform and a transformation of the production base
    2. Precarious.working conditions
    3. The lack of support for farming
  7. The aspects of Stalinism which made it a totalitarian system
    1. The cult of the late Lenin
    2. The presence of one ruling party and one single ideology
    3. The direct and overt control of mass media
  8. Social consequences of the totalitarian system
  9. Conclusion
  10. Bibliography

The term ?Stalinism? refers to the brutal dictatorship which lasted from 1927 to 1953 in Russia and Eastern European countries. Although he was the leader of Soviet Russia, after the Second World War Stalin soon became the dictator of a Soviet Union which had expanded to most of Eastern Europe. Indeed Stalin along with the Western leaders, rapidly divided up the spheres of influence of the victors of WWII, during unofficial meetings, such as in Churchill's visit to Stalin in October 1944, or official ones, such as the Yalta or the Potsdam meetings, in February and June 1945 respectively. By the end of Potsdam, the satellization of Eastern Europe was nearly complete , and soon the Stalinist system applied to Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. Stalin's government has been defined as ?A totalizing system, legitimized in terms of perfection, managed by convinced utopians and backed up by terror?. What were the central features of Stalinism in Eastern Europe?

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