Did the East European governments during the Cold War depend on violence to create legitimacy?

The legacy of the Soviet-led Eastern Bloc is often trivialised by a black and white narrative; usually consisting of its legitimacy becoming exhausted by its failure to adopt peaceful democratic methods of government akin to the majority of Western Europe, which fulfilled the ‘end of history’. But the legacy of communism in Eastern Europe is … Continue reading Did the East European governments during the Cold War depend on violence to create legitimacy?