Explain the importance of the Soviet expansion ??? (1945-47) GCSE Edexcel History

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Just do some research and emphasis the key aspects and especially the knock on consequences/ results of those events. It is straightforward.
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Just do some research and emphasis the key aspects and especially the knock on consequences/ results of those events. It is straightforward.
Ok thank you, but something my teacher always writes on my past essays for an explain questions is that i only state the importance and i dont explain it....
How can i explain and not state ???
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It's not hard. Just explain why it is important.
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Ok thank you, but something my teacher always writes on my past essays for an explain questions is that i only state the importance and i dont explain it....
How can i explain and not state ???
Because you are stating something is important without providing supporting evidence and reasons to back it up. No evidence or reasons makes your statements less convincing and it will result in much lower marks.

Providing reasons shows an understanding of the wider aspects and that you know what you are talking about. By failing to do so you are missing out on many marks that you can gain from showing you understand the event/ period and how it all worked.
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Some reasoning may include:

- Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, theorising that a metaphorical iron curtain had descended across the middle of Europe. Thus, the growth of Soviet Communism led to the socioeconomic divide of the continent: east and west.

- The war of words, in which two diplomatic ambassadors, Kennan (ambassador for US in Moscow) and Novikov (ambassador for USSR in America) delivered secret telegrams, each suggesting that war was imminent and inevitable. Kennan reported that as a result of Soviet growth, Stalin intended to mass his army - the two Superpowers were now political opponents daring the prospect of war.

- The introduction of Cominform, in repost to the Truman Doctrine - a world-wide ideological battle after which the Cold War begun. World divided by opposing political ideals for the future 40 years.

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list and there are many more points which you can explore.
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Well, by the end of the war it became clear that Allies (West and the USSR) would not get along due to conflicting views (be it social, economical, geopolitical interests, etc)..A consolidated US/Western Europe alliance (what would eventually become NATO) was perceived as an imminent threat so the Soviets geared up to occupy and influence eastern European politics (following their liberation) so as to spawn Socialist governments friendly to them and then form the COMECON and the Warsaw Pact, thus creating an economic partnership and a military buffer zone to slow down the West in case of invasion (remember there were no nuclear intercontinental missiles yet and bombers were still limited in range/payload, land invasions were the thing)
In conclusion, moving westwards into fragile, war-torn and culturally similar countries to create a Socialist block was the objective, it was purely a geopolitical maneuver, especially as the USSR recovered from the war.
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