Today in history: April 19

Historical Atlas of Europe 1946: The Iron Curtain Descends

Europe 1946

The Iron Curtain Descends

By the time the Allies met at Potsdam in September 1945, it was clear that Stalin intended to retain tight control over the eastern European countries Soviet armies had occupied during the War. Western distrust grew with Soviet insistence on pushing Poland westward into lands containing millions of Germans not to mention increasing communist activity in Iran, Greece and on the Italo-Yugoslav border.


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