Effects of World War Ii on East Asia and Eastern Europe

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Eastern Europe and East Asia were effected extremely by World War II. Many different Wars left the nations in ruins. Economically and socially the results were tragic. But no nation was more devastated than Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe, including both the small Eastern nations and Russia, were absolutely devastated by war. The Soviet had 20 million dead. Because of this, the vengeful Soviet Union wanted to lash back at beaten Germany, aiming at both fierce punishments of Nazi leaders and dismantling German factories and basically making German economic recovery impossible. The Soviets' damages were so immense that they were determined to rebuild their shattered land by extracting enormous reparations from the Germans. This is why the Soviet Union sought to take over many of the eastern lands that were once under German control Poland and Hungary became nearly dependent to the Soviets, and the Soviets also began to eye obtaining Greece and later Turkey. Politically, World War 2 resulted in a weaker influence of Europe. Previously,Europe had shaped much of the way the world ran. After World War 2, though, when these nations were exhausted economically, militarily, etc. they began to BE shaped. The result was a bipolar equilibrium, that is, two superpowers: the United States and the Soviet Union. During WWII the USSR invades Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Eastern Poland. Finland resists, but others fall under Soviet control. The USSR loses most of these territories to the Nazis in 1941, as Nazis decide to take advantage of what they perceive to be a weakened USSR. After marching all the way to Moscow, the Red Army turns the tables, with the help of the harsh winter conditions and scorched earth tactics. The USSR retakes lost territories by 1944, also gaining all of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Balkan territories. Successfully launches invasion into
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