IB Topic 9--The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe 1924‑2000
This section deals with the consolidation of the Soviet state from 1924 and the methods applied to ensure its survival, growth and expansion inside and outside the borders of the Soviet Union. The rise and nature of the rule of Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and the policies and practice of Sovietization (post‑1945) in Central and Eastern Europe are areas for examination. East–West relations post‑1945 in relation to Soviet aims and leadership should also be considered.
The following not covered in this class
• Case study of one Sovietized/satellite state: establishment of Soviet control; the nature of the single party state; domestic policies; opposition and dissent (suitable examples could be East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland but all relevant states are valid)
• Transformation of Soviet Union: political developments and change (1982‑< 2000)/p>