The key role of soviet military power. Popular anti fascism and support for communist policies. Hugh seton-watson"s "three stage" communist seizure of power: 1. Break the blue print of stalin takeover , communist seizure of power ins yugoslavia, czechoslovakia and the gdr. Communist gives high degree of social class to its followers. 3 stage takeover , stage 1 communist worked with other govt, stage 2 communist were running the show even tho it was called coalition , stage 3 the gloves came off and the iron fist began its rule. This model applies to poland, bolgaria, romania, hungary . Note this countries as having weak communist parties . Countries except bulgaria were susspesious of russia/ soviet union. 1948 yugoslavia was banned from communist party for a crime of being too independent. Path to communism was different in czechslovakia - communists were popular there. 1947 - division b/w soviet union and usa became stronger.