By J. Robert Wegs, Robert Ladrech
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Since Communists filled eight of the eleven seats in the Politburo of the party, the RPPS had been rendered ineffective. Although the Cold War speeded up the pace of events in Poland, it is doubtful that Stalin would have permitted the Socialists a separate existence for much longer. He was distrustful of their independence and their contacts with Socialist parties in Western Europe. Romania's Coalition Government The Romanian case was similar to that of Poland in terms of its strategic importance as well as its previous hostility toward the Soviet Union, made clear by its participation in the German invasion of the Soviet Union .
Instead of animosity, the Bulgarian-Russian relationship had always been marked by friendship . Owing their liberation from the Turks in the nineteenth century to Czarist Russia and from the Germans in 1944 to the Soviet Union, most Bulgarians looked to their mighty northern neighbor as a benefactor. As they had built the Alexander Nevski Church in honor of Czarist armies, they now constructed monuments to Soviet forces . The Bulgarians had overthrown their profascist government as Soviet arm ies were marching toward Bulgaria in 1944.
The most comprehensive study of Stalin is Adam B. Ulam, Stalin: The Man and His Era (1973). Ulam sees the sovietization of Eastern Europe as a result of Stalin's paranoia and believes that the Cold War had only a limited impact on Soviet policy. Isaac Deutscher's Stalin (1961) remains an important study of the Soviet leader. Ronald Hingley's Joseph Stalin: Man and Legend (1974) does not measure up to the two earlier works . In the absence of Soviet documentation, Milovan Djilas's Conversations with Stalin (1962) and Nikita Khrushchev's Khrushchev Remembers (1970) are two of the few sources containing statements by Stalin as to his motives and policies .