The study of the strategy and tactics of Soviet foreign policy is one of the most perplexing riddles for those who seek to explain its long-range objectives. As will be shown, its ultimate goal is the elimination of what the Soviets call the capitalistic world and the establishment of Soviet world domination in its place. The Soviets were among the first to realize the inadequacy of Marx's Utopian assumptions that capitalism could not survive the inevitable victory of the "proletariat." In the earlier stages of the development of the Soviet Union, the Bolsheviks had no clear conception of the state policy needed to help bring about the communist goal which was "historically inevitable." In the beginnings of the Soviet State, its leaders hoped that a series of revolutions would bring about the downfall of the international capitalist system. In the scheme of Soviet war and post-war objectives was their determination to establish control over Eastern Europe.