What body of water in eastern Europe is a major trade and transportation route located between the Italian and Balkan Peninsula?
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Western and Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant.
Why are rivers important to the economy of Eastern Europe?
As sources of water and means of transportation, Europe’s rivers have been crucial for many human settlements. Industries have developed by rivers for the easy shipping of manufactured products and the importing of goods and materials.
What did the formation of the Eastern Bloc do?
During the opening stages of World War II, the Soviet Union created the Eastern Bloc (the group of communist states of Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War) by invading and then annexing several countries as Soviet Socialist Republics by agreement with Nazi Germany in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
When did the formation of the Eastern Bloc happen?
The Warsaw Treaty Organization (also known as the Warsaw Pact) was a political and military alliance established on May 14, 1955 between the Soviet Union and several Eastern European countries.
Does the Eastern bloc still exist?
The only surviving communist states are China, Vietnam, Cuba and Laos. Their state-socialist experience was more in line with decolonization from the Global North and anti-imperialism towards the West instead of the Red Army occupation of the former Eastern Bloc.
What was the outcome of the Eastern Bloc?
The structures of the Eastern bloc disintegrated with the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and Comecon. The Soviet Union broke up into independent republics. In Poland, economic reforms led to strikes in the spring and summer of 1988. The Solidarity movement (‘Solidarność’) called for trade union pluralism.
Why did people within the Eastern bloc have few economic freedoms?
People within the Eastern Bloc had few economic freedoms because the government controlled the economy. The Eastern Bloc was the group of communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, and Southeast Asia led by the Soviet Union (USSR) during the Cold War.