Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe is a region lying in the Eastern part of Europe. The term is highly Low context culture and even volatile, as there are "almost as many definitions of Eastern Europe as there are scholars of the region". A related UN paper adds that "every assessment of spatial identities is essentially a social and cultural construct".

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  • Many of the communists were outright Soviet agents, but not all. Especially among young intellectuals, the identification of the Soviet Union with the cause of human freedom was very powerful. Both during the interwar period and throughout the years of the anti-Nazi resistance, many young people joined the communist movement convinced that it offered a superior form of historical rationality. Information about the extent of the Great Purge in the USSR was scarce, so many people tended to dismiss it as fascist slander. The atrociousness of the fascist crimes and the astute manipulation by the Stalinists of democratic symbols, particularly after the Seventh Comintern Congress, when the strategy of the “Popular Fronts” (communist-controlled umbrella organizations) was adopted, made some people believe that after the war Eastern Europe would be governed by popular democratic regimes, with the communists behaving like normal political actors in the pluralistic game. The myth of a classless society where all political and economic tensions would be abolished in favor of an earthly paradise of human equality and dignity functioned as an excuse for the communist militants’ willing abandonment of their reasoning powers. But the Kremlin’s strategists and their East European puppets, of course, had no intention of establishing pluralism or classless societies. The Comintern’s masterminds realized that the arrival of the Soviet troops in those countries would provide the communist parties with extraordinary political and logistic superiority over any of their adversaries.

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