World: The Red Tide Ebbs and Flows

For many Americans, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was only the latest in a long, and seemingly unbroken, string of Moscow-sponsored Communist takeovers. Between 1944 and 1948, Albania, Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia and East Germany all fell under Soviet control, either by Soviet army conquest or political subversion. North Korea, which was occupied by Soviet troops, entered Moscow's orbit in 1948, and China the following year, after Mao Tse-tung's armies swept across the country. Five years later, North Viet Nam became Communist, after the peasant armies of Ho Chi Minh humiliated the French at Dien Bien Phu. In 1960, Fidel...

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