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The Cold War brought a new bipolar system of alliances to the world upon the close of World War Two The Soviet Union gained the control of many of the eastern parts of Europe and enshrouded them in communism These countries became dependent on the USSR and started with a mutual acceptance of Soviet control This view changed over the next forty years of the Cold War ultimately culminating in satellite countries wanting to leave the Warsaw pact The Soviet Union began this series of alliances with almost complete control in some of the countries As historians Joel Palmer and RR Colton say even when the communists directly influenced by Moscow had to share control in a country they still held key ministries of interior propaganda and justice and controlled the police the army and the courts 850 These countries became dependent on the Soviet Union for agricultural reform rebuilding after World War Two and for leadership As Louis J Halle says the Soviets did everything they could to keep control over these countries that would later become the Soviet bloc The replacement of International Communism Comimform helped to tie the Soviet Union to the smaller countries causing as Halle says a strong bond and good relations Many events also shaped the relations between the USSR and its allies within the bloc but none increased these ties as dramatically as the political purges of 1947-1948 In Czechoslovakia these purges turned the country from a somewhat independent nation into as Paul Johnson says a Soviet satellite 440 Walter LaFeber continues saying Czechoslovakia had coexisted with Russia keeping doors open to the West 70 and resisted entry into the Russian bloc The country signed a treaty that obligated Czechoslovakia to become a part of the Russian bloc LaFeber 71 but nevertheless still resisted entry It all came crashing down according to Johnson Halle and LaFeber when Joseph Stalin sent his Deputy Foreign Minister
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