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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. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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January, 1988

Report, Ministry of State Security (Stasi), 'About Results of Intelligence Activities to Note Indicators for a Surprise Nuclear Missile Attack'

March, 1988

Report, Ministry of State Security (Stasi), 'About Results of Intelligence Activities to Note Indicators for a Surprise Nuclear Missile Attack'

August 17, 1945

Draft Message from Joseph Stalin to Harry S. Truman

Stalin requests that the Soviet Union gain possession of the Kurile Islands and the northern half of the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

August 19, 1945

Translation of Message from Harry S. Truman to Joseph Stalin

Responding to a message from Stalin, Truman agrees to allow Soviet control of the Kurile Islands, but stresses that all islands of Japan proper, including Hokkaido, are to be …

August 20, 1945

Order by Aleksei Antonov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Orders include preparation for the invasion of the island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands, but are to "begin... only after special instruction by Stalin."

August 21, 1945

Cable from Nikolai Kuznetsov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Information related to a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

January, 1988

Report, Ministry of State Security (Stasi), 'About Results of Intelligence Activities to Note Indicators for a Surprise Nuclear Missile Attack'

March, 1988

Report, Ministry of State Security (Stasi), 'About Results of Intelligence Activities to Note Indicators for a Surprise Nuclear Missile Attack'

August 17, 1945

Draft Message from Joseph Stalin to Harry S. Truman

Stalin requests that the Soviet Union gain possession of the Kurile Islands and the northern half of the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

August 19, 1945

Translation of Message from Harry S. Truman to Joseph Stalin

Responding to a message from Stalin, Truman agrees to allow Soviet control of the Kurile Islands, but stresses that all islands of Japan proper, including Hokkaido, are to be …

August 20, 1945

Order by Aleksei Antonov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Orders include preparation for the invasion of the island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands, but are to "begin... only after special instruction by Stalin."

August 21, 1945

Cable from Nikolai Kuznetsov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

Information related to a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

INDIAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Documents on the history of Indian nuclear development, focusing on assistance from and intervention by the Soviet Union and the United States.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

BANDUNG CONFERENCE, 1955

Representatives from 29 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

INDIAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Documents on the history of Indian nuclear development, focusing on assistance from and intervention by the Soviet Union and the United States.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

BANDUNG CONFERENCE, 1955

Representatives from 29 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

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. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Kim Gu on Reunification and War, 1948

A recently unearthed conversation with veteran independence activist Kim Gu (Kim Koo) provides new details on how leaders in southern Korea saw North Korea in 1948 and their predictions about the likelihood of a war in Korea.

The Imagined Arsenal

Yogesh Joshi explores how new archival evidence from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the 1974 PNE and the origins of India's nuclear submarine program can inform strategic discourse on India's nuclear weapons program.

China, Europe, and the Rise of a Multipolar World

Sino-European Relations during the Cold War and the Rise of a Multipolar World combines critical oral history with newly translated documentary sources to provide insights into the dynamics of Sino-European relations, past and present, and recent and ongoing global power shifts.

TWITTER

#OnThisDay in 1968 Chicago Riots occur; tens of thousands gather to protest Vietnam War, Cold War consensus shattered http://t.co/m9scpnDwci

#OTD in '57 Soviet Union announces test of intercontinental ballistic missile, sparks US anxiety over missile gap. http://t.co/z3qbNVKddF

#OTD in '45 John Birch killed by supporters of the CPC, considered by some to be first Cold War victim. #coldwarhist http://t.co/5mQIQoRdx7

#OnThisDay in 1991 Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union (20th anniversary pictured) #coldwarhist http://t.co/O5FP2shnPC

#OnThisDay in 1991 Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. #coldwarhist http://t.co/BfUUzvnpqx