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Communist Power in Europe 1944-49
Communist Power in Europe 1944-49
Edited by Martin McCauley
Barnes & Noble, 1977, 242 pp

A collection of lectures, originally given at London University, on the efforts of Soviet leaders and their foreign instruments to gain power in Eastern and Western Europe. An informative, intelligent introduction to one of the major themes of the postwar period, made still more valuable by the personal recollections of England's foremost scholar on Eastern Europe, Hugh Seton-Watson, who concludes that East European opponents of communism lost because "there was nowhere the strength which would enable them to stand up to Soviet Russian imperial power as it flowed into the vacuum left by Hitler, congealed, and brought in the political ice age."