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Digital Archive International History Declassified

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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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January 12, 1973

Cable from the Central Military Party Committee to COSVN on Guidance Principles for Leading the Struggle Movement After a Political Settlement and Ceasefire

In preparation for future attacks from U.S. and South Vietnamese forces, the Central Military Party Committee sent COSVN guidance on strengthening combat units, monitoring enemy …

January 19, 1973

COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Issues Directive on Urgent Tasks After a Political Settlement was Concluded

On 19 January 1973, the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issued a directive on policies and urgent tasks to be implemented after a political settlement was reached and a …

January 24, 1973

Party Secretariat Directive No. 200-CT/TW

The Vietnamese Workers' Party outlines its strategies following the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on January 23, 1975.

October 13, 1950

Cable, Roshchin to Flippov (Stalin)

Mao Zedong asks that Zhou Enlai remain in Moscow as they discuss intervening in Korea.

October 12, 1950

Cable, Roshchin to Filippov (Stalin), with Message from Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong has already given orders to halt Chinese troops preparing to cross the Korean border.

October 11, 1950

Cable, Filippov [Stalin] and Zhou Enlai to the Soviet Ambassador, Pass Immediately to Cde. Mao Zedong

Instructions for the Chinese army in light of the fact that the Chinese forces designated to assist Korea are not ready.

January 12, 1973

Cable from the Central Military Party Committee to COSVN on Guidance Principles for Leading the Struggle Movement After a Political Settlement and Ceasefire

In preparation for future attacks from U.S. and South Vietnamese forces, the Central Military Party Committee sent COSVN guidance on strengthening combat units, monitoring enemy …

January 19, 1973

COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Issues Directive on Urgent Tasks After a Political Settlement was Concluded

On 19 January 1973, the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issued a directive on policies and urgent tasks to be implemented after a political settlement was reached and a …

January 24, 1973

Party Secretariat Directive No. 200-CT/TW

The Vietnamese Workers' Party outlines its strategies following the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on January 23, 1975.

October 13, 1950

Cable, Roshchin to Flippov (Stalin)

Mao Zedong asks that Zhou Enlai remain in Moscow as they discuss intervening in Korea.

October 12, 1950

Cable, Roshchin to Filippov (Stalin), with Message from Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong has already given orders to halt Chinese troops preparing to cross the Korean border.

October 11, 1950

Cable, Filippov [Stalin] and Zhou Enlai to the Soviet Ambassador, Pass Immediately to Cde. Mao Zedong

Instructions for the Chinese army in light of the fact that the Chinese forces designated to assist Korea are not ready.

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SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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themes

Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

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