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Soviet Union Research Guide - Ms. Schoeplein: Communist Bloc

A guide for the subfreshmen class of 2023 regarding the Soviet Union.

What you will find on this page

Links to e-books and other online materials for the Communist Bloc.

Due to the nature of researching the Communist Bloc, we highly suggest that you search by a particular country in the Bloc to help refine your search. You might also try “country name” AND “communist” or “country name” AND “socialist.” The country may have had a special name during this period, and searching by that name could help limit results. 

Other terms: “third world,” “second world” (“NOT war” will filter World War II), “Eastern Bloc.” On how the USSR interacted with Communist Bloc countries, they may try searching “internationalism” or “Soviet internationalism.” 

General resources on the Communist Bloc