The completion of the seizure of power meant that the Stalinist model could now be imposed to its fullest extent on Eastern Europe, with the exception of Yugoslavia, where a different direction was chosen after 1948. Stalinism meant, first and foremost, uniformity. As we have seen, the seizure of power had taken place at varying speeds and under varying conditions. A start was made, roughly in 1948, with the ‘construction of socialism’ of the Stalinist variety. The local communist leaders themselves probably did not intend this at first. That is why Stalin’s break with Tito was of such importance.


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