Release date: 05 Jul 2017. After the 1946 election, the communists began to lose some of their popularity, and, as the 1948 … The government crisis in Prague lasted from 20 to 27 February, just when Western foreign ministers were meeting in London. Dubcek declined to attend a special meeting of the Warsaw Pact powers in July, but on August 2 he agreed to meet with Brezhnev in the Slovakian town of Cierny. On August 27, Dubcek returned to Prague and announced in an emotional address that he had agreed to curtail his reforms. [39], This was observed when Communist and socialist leaders in Italy defended the Czech coup as a victory for democracy, rationalizing that the violation of civil rights was a necessary and just response to a reactionary threat posed by Western imperialist (i.e., American) interests; such discourse probably damaged the Front's credibility and undercut its promises of moderation. Slánský remarked, "as in the international field, we have gone on the offensive on the domestic front as well. The Soviet Union and its satellites Poland and East Germany were alarmed by what appeared to be the imminent collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia. This was very bad for the American plans to stop Communism in Europe. He had found the Truman Administration reluctant to accept an unambiguous and binding alliance with Western Europe even after the irretrievable breakdown of the Council of Foreign Ministers conference in London in December 1947; Marshall was not prepared to accept the idea in discussions with Bevin that 17 December. The ministries of the non-Communist ministers were occupied, civil servants dismissed and the ministers prevented from entering their own ministries. Still, in Europe too in February and March "war was being commonly, even calmly discussed in streets and cafes on the Continent", a fear exacerbated by reports on 27 February that Stalin had invited Finland to sign a treaty of mutual assistance, contributing to expectations it would be the next domino to fall;[34] pressure for a treaty was placed on Norway too. Novotný then invited Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev to Prague that December, seeking support; but Brezhnev was surprised at the extent of the opposition to Novotný and thus supported his removal as Czechoslovakia's leader. Thousands were fired and hundreds were arrested. [25] More immediately, the coup became synonymous with the Cold War. Gottwald continued as prime minister of a government dominated by Communists and pro-Moscow Social Democrats. The arrival of the enslaved Africans in the New World marks a beginning of two and a half centuries of slavery in North ...read more, Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded by an ice-ax-wielding assassin at his compound outside Mexico City. [10], In Grenville's opinion, had Beneš held his line, the Communists would not have been able to form a government. In 1947, however, Czechoslovakia wanted to obtain Marshall Aid from the USA, but it was not possible due to USSR intervention. It has been thirty-five years since Soviet troops began entering Czechoslovakia late on August 20th and early August 21st in a carefully orchestrated invasion designed to crush the period of political and economic reforms known as the Prague Spring, reforms led by the country's new First Secretary of the Communist party Alexander Dubcek. Expecting to spend large amounts on the Marshall Plan, he sought to keep the annual defence budget below $15 billion. While the Soviet Union was worried that it might lose an ally, the United States had absolutely no desire to gain it. Benes formed a coalition with these parties in his administration. Start studying Consequences of the soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. All Rights Reserved. Signs and graffiti denounced the invasion. Beneš initially insisted that no new government could be formed which did not include ministers from the non-Communist parties. On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troops in an invasion of Czechoslovakia to crack down on reformist trends in Prague. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. On June 19, 1976, the spacecraft entered into orbit around Mars and devoted the next month to imaging the Martian surface with the purpose of finding an appropriate landing ...read more, During the Lebanese Civil War, a multinational force including 800 U.S. Marines lands in Beirut to oversee the Palestinian withdrawal from Lebanon. Although he joined the Communist Party in 1948, he was forced out of the army in 1950, on orders of Joseph Stalin. The Soviet Union killed Jan Masaryk (The Czech leader at the time), and established a puppet leader. In April, the new leadership unveiled its “Action Program,” promising democratic elections, greater autonomy for Slovakia, freedom of speech and religion, the abolition of censorship, an end to restrictions on travel, and major industrial and agricultural reforms. A Soviet led Czechoslovakian Communist party took power in 1948. The Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, officially known as Operation Danube, was a joint invasion of Czechoslovakia by five Warsaw Pact nations — the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, and Poland — on the night of 20-21 August 1968.. [43] Stalin, satisfied that America had not moved militarily after the Czech coup and unwilling to provoke war, respected the result, considering Italy a Western country. The killer—Ramón Mercader—was a Spanish communist and probable agent of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 (Lexington Books, 2010) 510 pp. ", Smetana, Vít. Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev warned Dubcek to halt his reforms, but the Czechoslovakian leader was buoyed by his popularity and dismissed the veiled threats. Bridget Kendall on the Soviet-led invasion that brought the Prague Spring to an end. [30], Nevertheless, the change in American foreign policy in response to the crisis-like atmosphere of early 1948 was more symbolic than real. [42] However, the coup was one of several factors that led a strong plurality of voters to vote for Christian Democracy and defeat the left. Although … 2. At the time of the Prague crisis, roughly ten ill-equipped and poorly trained U.S. and West European divisions faced over thirty Soviet divisions. "[10] The KSČ pursued a two-pronged strategy. In the aftermath of the coup, foreign minister Georges Bidault was afraid of stoking anti-German sentiment that the French Communist Party (PCF) could exploit and harness to instigate a coup of its own. Czechoslovakia, a socialist republic since a Soviet-backed, Communist-led coup in 1948, had remained relatively prosperous but still suffered under Soviet domination. For the second time in a decade, Western eyes saw Czechoslovak independence and democracy snuffed out by a foreign totalitarian dictatorship intent on dominating the small country (though unlike in 1938–39, the KSČ did most of the "dirty work"). In a speech before 100,000 of these people, Gottwald threatened a general strike unless Beneš agreed to form a new Communist-dominated government. This legitimacy would later be lost, in the 1950s, and was regained during the reformist period of Alexander Dubcek. ), statesman and diplomat who served as foreign minister in both the Czechoslovak émigré government in London during World War II and the postwar coalition government of Czechoslovakia. Approximately 500,000 troops, with Romania and Albania refusing to participate, attacked Czechoslovakia. The security apparatus and police were being transformed into instruments of the KSČ, and consequently, according to John Grenville, endangering basic civic freedoms. O… summery . Also, he wanted to pursue an arms control treaty with the Soviets, SALT. That night, 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 2,000 tanks entered the country. Other stations went underground and succeeded in broadcasting for several days before their locations were discovered. The coup's significance extended well beyond the state's boundaries as it was a clear marker along the already well-advanced road to full-fledged Cold War. Truman responded to the crisis with a grim nationwide radio address on 17 March calling for a renewal of selective service, which had been allowed to lapse the previous year. In December 1989, Gustav Husak’s government conceded to demands for a multiparty parliament. 1968. The liberal reforms of First Secretary Alexander Dubcek were repealed and “normalization” began under his successor Gustav Husak. View History of Czechoslovakia (1945–1948) and over 3,000,000 other topics on Qwiki . 110–26. Communists reacted ruthlessly. Dubcek and other government leaders were detained and taken to Moscow. In 1948, a Soviet-led Czechoslovakian Communist party took power. But however sanguine any of us may have been about Soviet policy, the brutal invasion of Czechoslovakia1 has been a sobering experience. Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia. 1948 Coup in Czechoslovakia •A Soviet led Czechoslovakian Communist party took over power in 1948 •Use of force (Jan Masaryk was killed) •Supported militarily and economically by the USSR •Was seen as a major threat to spread of Communism in Europe. [16], Additionally, it finally discredited Soviet moves to prevent the formation of a West German state and accelerated the construction of a West European alliance, the Treaty of Brussels, the following month; mutual security was the new watchword. As he said after the coup, Beneš "knows what strength is, and this led him to evaluate this [situation] realistically". Czechoslovakia led by Soviet Union, a major threat to the spread of Communism. Practically all non-Communist parties that had participated in the 1946 election were also represented within the National Front list and thus received parliamentary seats. On August 20, 1619, “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrive in the British colony of Virginia and are then bought by English colonists. Members of the People's, Czech National Social Party and Slovak Democratic parties still figured, so the government was still nominally a coalition. Soutou Georges-Henri, « 1948 : la séquence fondatrice », Revue Défense Nationale, 2018/5 (N° 810), p. 95-100. [19] Participation of German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was cancelled just hours before the invasi… The event alarmed Western countries and helped spur quick adoption of the Marshall Plan, the creation of a state in West Germany, paramilitary measures to keep communists out of power in France, Greece and especially Italy, and steps toward mutual security that would, in little over a year, result in the establishment of NATO and the definitive drawing of the Iron Curtain until the Revolutions of 1989. [11], During the winter of 1947–48, both in the cabinet and in parliament tension between the Communists and their opponents led to increasingly bitter conflict. "The 1948 Coup d'État in Prague through the Eyes of the American Embassy. He and his fellow Communists threatened to use force and, in order to avoid defeat in parliament, mobilised groups of their supporters in the country. HISTORY reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it is complete and accurate. The party knew it had to maintain the façade of working within the electoral political system and was aware that a revolutionary coup would be unacceptable. Greeley’s blistering words voiced the impatience of many Northern abolitionists; but unbeknownst ...read more, On August 20, 1794, General “Mad Anthony” Wayne proves that the fragile young republic can counter a military threat when he puts down Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket’s confederacy near present-day Toledo, Ohio, with the newly created 3,000-man strong Legion of the United States at the ...read more. Approximately 500,000 troops, mostly from the Soviet Union, poured across the borders in a blitzkrieg-like advance. Blaive, Muriel, "The Danger of Over-Interpreting Dissident Writing in the West: Communist Terror in Czechoslovakia, 1948–1968", in Friederike Kind-Kovács and Jessie Labov (eds. After Czechoslovakia’s liberation in 1945, he was appointed minister of defense by President Edvard Beneš. © 2020 A&E Television Networks, LLC. The political scene in Czechoslovakia following World War II was complex, to say the least. Czechoslovakia Coup of 1948 . The Truman Administration had months earlier written off Czechoslovakia as little more than a Soviet satellite; in November 1947 U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall told a cabinet meeting that the Soviets would probably soon consolidate their hold on Eastern Europe by clamping down on Czechoslovakia as a "purely defensive move", and Kennan cabled from Manila that the Soviets seemed to be consolidating their defences, not preparing for aggression. He needed a willing partner in Moscow in order to reach suc… "[10] This clearly implied the KSČ should be accelerating its own efforts to take complete power. The organization of "spontaneous" demonstrations to "express the will of the people" and continuous visits to parliament by workers' delegations were meant to ensure "mobilization of the masses". 1948 Although non-communists won the 1945 election, a communist politician, Rakosi, took … Jan Masaryk. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! On 29th May 1948 Israel was 30 km from ceasing to exist, Egyptians were driving on Tel Aviv, but “a miracle happened”, the only country that helped Israel was Czechoslovakia with 4pcs of fighter planes S-199 (upgraded Bf-109G) that arrived at Ekron day … However, Gottwald declined the offer, believing that the threat of violence combined with heavy political pressure would be enough to force Beneš to surrender. Click Here for Items Related To - Soviet Invasion Of Czechoslovakia The Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia , officially known as Operation Danube , was a joint invasion of Czechoslovakia by five Warsaw Pact nations – the -1948 Coup in Czechoslovakia-A Soviet led a Czechoslovakian Communist Party that took power in 1948-Used force-Supported militarily and economically by the USSR-Was seen as a major threat to the spread of communism in Europe. 7 shares; Share; Pin; Tweet; Tumblr; Email; From August 20 to 21, 1968, some 250,000 Soviet and Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia overnight to halt a blossoming political and cultural liberalization, to stop the Prague Spring and tightening the Kremlin’s grip. Dubcek declared that he was offering “socialism with a human face.” The Czechoslovakian public greeted the reforms joyously, and Czechoslovakia’s long stagnant national culture began to bloom during what became known as the Prague Spring. … Although it was not a completely Communist document (indeed, the KSČ was not even mentioned), it was close enough to the Soviet model that Beneš refused to sign it. Havel had come to fame during the Prague Spring, and after the Soviet crackdown his plays were banned and his passport confiscated. ISBN 978-0-19-955201-6. This was the best-ever performance by a European Communist party in a free election, and was far more than the 22% won by their Hungarian counterparts the following year in the only other free and fair postwar election in the Soviet area of influence. The response was overwhelming, and Czech and Slovak reformers took over the communist leadership. The following year, NATO would ultimately be born out of these talks.[47]. Summary. [18] The National Assembly, freely elected two years earlier, quickly fell into line and gave Gottwald's revamped government a vote of confidence in March. Only a week later, the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended rearmament and a restoration of the draft. 70% of French people now believed the U.S. would do more than any other country to help France, compared to 7% who thought the USSR would do more. A Communist victory in the May elections would have been impossible without such control". Bevin immediately concluded that the "forces of democratic Socialism" must be strengthened in Italy, and that Britain must support the Christian Democrats, despite all of their faults. More important was the sensitivity with which American officials now treated the nervousness of their European counterparts; the Americans now became more willing to take steps to boost morale in Europe and ease the now-widespread anxieties there. [27] Until early 1948, Western and Soviet representatives had communicated in regular meetings at the foreign minister level; the Czech coup constituted a final rupture in relations between the two superpowers, with the West now signaling its determination to commit itself to collective self-defence. [40] Kennan cabled to suggest the PCI should be outlawed and the U.S. should intervene militarily in the likely event of a civil war, but he quickly softened his line. The Prom of Peace — For One Night Only, Series 5. A large strip of southern Slovakia and Ruthenia was annexed by Hungary, and the Zaolzie region was annexed by Poland. Duration: 15:00. Preview. Nonetheless, party leader Klement Gottwald said in 1945 that "in spite of the favourable situation, the next goal is not soviets and socialism, but rather carrying out a really thorough democratic national revolution", thereby linking his party to the Czechoslovak democratic tradition (he even claimed to be a disciple of Tomáš Masaryk) and to Czech nationalism by capitalizing on popular intense anti-German feelings. [35], Amidst the general alarm, more sanguine voices were also raised. The Coup in Czechoslovakia was a period in 1948, when the Soviet communist party took over power, and ran the country. Rather, it was a tactical maneuver intended to mitigate the effect of the coup in Czechoslovakia and the brief but intense war scare that followed. Albania (until 1968) Bulgaria Cuba (from 1959) Czechoslovakia (until 1989) East Germany (until 1990) Hungary (until 1989) Mongolia Deserting from the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I, … [37], On 2 March, CIA director Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter had also written to Truman that "the timing of the coup in Czechoslovakia was forced upon the Kremlin when the non-Communists took action endangering Communist control of the police. "The US “Loss” of Czechoslovakia: On the Edge of Historical Truth. Trotsky died from his wounds the next day. [14][15], Communist "Action Committees" and trade union militias were quickly set up, armed, and sent into the streets, as well as being prepared to carry through a purge of anti-Communists. The next day, representatives of European Europe’s communist parties met in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, and a communiquÉ was issued suggesting that pressure would be eased on Czechoslovakia in exchange for tighter control over the press. Resistance to the invasion started immediately. How did it happen? 534 Views. The Coup in Czechoslovakia was a period in 1948, when the Soviet communist party took over power, and ran the country. Politics had long been the Harrison family business. Thousands fled the country to avoid living under Communism. At the 30 May elections, voters were presented with a single list from the National Front, which officially won 89.2% of the vote; within the National Front list, the Communists had an absolute majority of 214 seats (160 for the main party and 54 for the Slovak branch). The Italian foreign minister, despite his alarm over the coup's timing, remained optimistic, assuring Bevin (who saw Italy as "the immediate danger spot") that the army and police were in excellent shape and that the coup would have an adverse effect, turning swing voters away from the socialists. In 1948, Czech attempts to join the U.S.-sponsored Marshall Plan to aid postwar rebuilding were thwarted by Soviet takeover and the installation of a new communist government in Prague. 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[12], On 12 February, the non-Communists in the cabinet demanded punishment for the offending Communists in the government and an end to their supposed subversion. At Radio Prague, journalists refused to give up the station and some 20 people were killed before it was captured. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia. This was very bad for the American plans to stop Communism in Europe. Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia After the 1946 election, the communists began to lose some of their popularity, and, as the 1948 election approached, their public support began to decline. ", This page was last edited on 5 November 2020, at 17:45. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); FACT CHECK: We strive for accuracy and fairness. [21] This majority grew even larger when the Social Democrats merged with the Communists later in the year. Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968. Husak resigned, and for the first time in nearly two decades Dubcek returned to politics as chairman of the new parliament, which subsequently elected playwright and former dissident Vaclav Havel as president of Czechoslovakia. The party was seen as a … The historian believed there could have been only two non-violent means of resolving the crisis—give way to the non-Communists or risk defeat in early elections which the KSČ would not have had time to rig. During the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Czechoslovaks carry their national flag past a burning Soviet tank in Prague. List of states Warsaw Pact and Comecon. [45], Along with passage of the Marshall Plan, the other far-reaching implication of the Czech coup for U.S. foreign policy was to heed Bevin's call for a Western defence association. On 5 March, General Lucius D. Clay sent an alarming telegram from Berlin that advised of its likelihood: "Within the last few weeks, I have felt a subtle change in Soviet attitude which I cannot define but which now gives me a feeling that it may come with dramatic suddenness". Czechoslovakia, 1948. a soviet led czechoslovakian communist party took over power in 1948; use of force (Jank Masaryk was killed) supported militarily and economically by the USSR; was seen as a major threat to spread of communism in europe “The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.” Harry S. Truman, March 3, 1947 . [46], On 26 February Bevin again reiterated that the best way to prevent another Czechoslovakia was to evolve a joint Western military strategy, and this time he got a more receptive hearing, especially considering American anxiety over Italy. From the West's perspective, the coup was an example of Communism in its most unacceptable form; Moscow seemed to the West bent on ruthless expansion and the suppression of freedom. Armed militia and police took over Prague, Communist demonstrations were mounted and an anti-Communist student demonstration was broken up. [45], The Czech coup, the PCF's failed policy of sabotage and the Marshall Plan's likely passage were all beginning to sway French public opinion. This was a major threat to the West, because of the domino theory. [46] That spring, European leaders quietly met with U.S. defence, military and diplomatic officials at the Pentagon, under Marshall's orders, exploring a framework for a new and unprecedented association for mutual defence. On February 25, 1948 Czechoslovakia, until then the last democracy in Eastern Europe, became a Communist country, triggering more than 40 long years of totalitarian rule. Others consider Yugoslavia not to be a member after it broke with Soviet policy in the 1948 Tito–Stalin split. Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. The only senior minister who was neither a Communist nor a fellow traveller was Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk, who was however found dead two weeks later outside a third-floor window. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/soviets-invade-czechoslovakia. That notion would be reinforced during the Prague Spring, when party archives were opened and showed that Stalin gave up the whole idea of a parliamentary path for Czechoslovakia when the Communist parties of France and Italy failed to achieve power in 1947 and 1948. 1939 - Nazi invasion of Czech Lands which become a German protectorate. [16][26], The USSR seemed to have completed the formation of a monolithic Soviet bloc and concluded the partition of Europe, which appeared to vindicate and certainly crystallized the pessimistic, darkest appraisals of Soviet power in the West by people who felt certain that it was folly to try to do business with Moscow. American willingness to consult on new security arrangements for Europe was the product of neither a changed estimate of Soviet intentions nor a readiness to take on a larger share of the burden of defending Western Europe. Czechoslovakia, 1948. ), 'Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present' (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. President Edvard Beneš, not himself a Communist but very amenable to cooperation with the Soviets, and who hoped for restraint by the Allied powers, thus invited Gottwald to be prime minister. This article was most recently revised and updated by Heather Campbell, Senior Editor. Much of Czechoslovakia’s intellectual and business elite fled en masse to the West. As President Antonín Novotný was losing support, Alexander Dubček, First Secretary of the regional Communist Party of Slovakia, and economist Ota Šikchallenged him at a meeting of the Central Committee. This pushed the party into extra-parliamentary action. Write a narrative account analysing the key events of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 (no rating) 0 customer reviews. In 1975, a ...read more, On August 20, 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Created: Jun 6, 2020 | Updated: Jun 17, 2020. Bischof, Günter, et al. Soviet forces shut down Czechoslovak borders, seized airports, and swiftly occupied most towns. [12] Matters came to a head in February 1948, when Nosek illegally extended his powers by attempting to purge remaining non-Communist elements in the National Police Force. Ii. A soviet led Czechoslovakian communist party took over power in 1948 Eventually they lost all of Europe to communism supported militarily and economically by the USSR was seen as a major threat to speed of communism. However, on the night of August 20, nearly 200,000 Soviet, East German, Polish, Hungarian, and Bulgarian troops invaded Czechoslovakia in the largest deployment of military force in Europe since the end of World War II. British Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin and the British Cabinet saw the cooperation between the two leading parties of the Italian left in almost apocalyptic terms, believing that once the Italian Communist Party (PCI) won power it would marginalise any moderating influence from the socialists. A detailed essay answer for the question . However, the other parties had been taken over by Communist sympathizers, and ministers using these labels were fellow travellers handpicked by the Communists. 3. Dubček replaced Novotný as First Secretary on 5 January 1968. Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968 On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troops in an invasion of Czechoslovakia to crack down on reformist trends in Prague.Although the Soviet Union’s action successfully halted the pace of reform in Czechoslovakia, it had unintended consequences for the unity of the communist bloc. The best advice – though Dubcek did not heed it – came from a dissident Ukrainian general who had fought in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Czechoslovakia and Austria. 1948 Coup in Czechoslovakia •A Soviet led Czechoslovakian Communist party took over power in 1948 •Use of force (Jan Masaryk was killed) •Supported militarily and economically by the USSR •Was seen as a major threat to spread of Communism in Europe. Fifty years ago, the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia killed more than 100 people and shattered that country’s attempts to reform communist rule. France would still seek an advantageous power position vis-à-vis Germany, but it was becoming reconciled to the prospect of a rehabilitated Germany as part of postwar Europe. For the second time in a decade, Western eyes saw Czechoslovak independence and democracy snuffed out by a foreign totalitarian dictatorship intent on dominating the small country (though unlike in 1938–39, the KSČ did most of the "dirty work"). A government-in-exile continued to exist in London, sup… Write a narrative account analysing the key events of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 (no rating) 0 customer reviews. However, by this time they had all transformed themselves into loyal partners of the Communists, and the few independent-minded members of those parties were either in prison or in exile. The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (Czech and Slovak: Komunistická strana Československa, KSČ) was a Communist and Marxist–Leninist political party in Czechoslovakia that existed between 1921 and 1992. Czechoslovakia, 1948 - A Soviet led Czechoslovakian Communist party took over power in 1948 - Use of force (Jan Masaryk was killed) - Supported militarily and economically by the USSR - Was seen as a major threat to spread of communism in Europe. 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