| “From Stetin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I might call the Soviet Sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence, but to very high, and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow."|
What is the main idea of this quotation?
The Soviet Union has expanded its influence throughout Eastern Europe
The Soviet Union has helped the nations of Eastern Europe improve their standard of living
The democratic nations of Western Europe have stopped the expansion of Soviet influence in the world
The Soviet Union will support communist revolutions in Southeast Asia
Correct Answer Number: 1
Explanation: After World War II, Stalin forced pro-communists governments in Czechoslovakia, Poland, and other Eastern European nations. These nations became known as Soviet satellite states. The Soviet's retained control through both economic and militaristic means.