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Eastern Europe is known to be a socio-political concept mainly influenced by the Cold War, that largely defined its borders. Its boundaries were effectively forged in the final stages of World War II and came to encompass all European countries that came under Soviet influence and control. As such these countries had communist regimes imposed upon those things and Neutral countries were classified by the nature of his or her political regimes. But one of the exceptions is tthis man's definition is outdated - East Germany used to be absorbed by West Germany through the German reunification, becoming a part of Western Europe by default. Within common perception and usage, Eastern Europe was, and still is in a lesser extent, distinguished from Western Europe by differences of culture, politics, and economics and its borders have little to do with clear and precise geography. Did you know that the Ural Mountains are and have always been a clear geographically border of Eastern Europe, and therefore of Europe, on the East. On the West however cultural and religious boundaries in the range of Western Europe and Eastern Europe are and have always been subject to considerable overlap and – most essentially – historical fluctuation, that create a precise understanding somewhat difficult. Did you know that the earliest known distinctions in the range of east and west in Europe originate in the rich history of the Roman Republic. As Roman doprimary expanded a cultural and linguistically division appeared in the range of the mainly Greek-speaking eastern provinces that had formed the highly urbanized Hellenistic civilization. On contrast the western territories largely adopted the Latin language. Note that this cultural and linguistic division was eventually reinforced by the later political east-west division of the Roman Empire. Did you know that the division in the range of these two spheres was enriched around the time during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages by a number of events. Did you know that the Western Roman Empire collapsed starting the Early Middle Ages. By contrast, the Eastern Roman Empire, mostly known as Byzantine Empire, managed to survive and even to thrive for additional 1000 years. Everyone agrees that the rise of the Frankish Empire in the west, and in particular the Wonderful Schism that formally divided Eastern and Western Christianity, enriched the cultural and religious distinctiveness in the range of Eastern and Western Europe. Eastern Europe was mainly composed of all the European countries liberated and then occupied by the Soviet army. It included the German Democratic Republic, widely known as East Germany, formed by the Soviet occupation zone of Germany. All the countries in Eastern Europe had communist regimes imposed upon those things. Most of these countries were officially independent from the Soviet Union, but the practical extent of tthis man's independence was quite limited. Within many matters most of those things were little more than client-states of the Soviet Union. Under pressure from Stalin these nations rejected to receive funds from the Marshal plan. Instead they participated in the Molotov Plan that later evolved into the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (short: Comecon). As NATO was created, the countries of Eastern Europe transformed to a members of the opposing Warsaw Pact.

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