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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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November 21, 1957

Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Egypt, 'Egyptian Newspaper Carries Its Correspondent’s Report on the Conversation between Amer and Chairman Mao'

An Egyptian reporter published an article on National Defense Minister Amer's visit to the Soviet Union. There he thanked Mao for China's support during Egypts struggle …

June 24, 1956

Note from the British Representative Office in China regarding the 'Kashmir Princess' Aircraft Incident

Con O’Neill informs Zhou Enlai that the 13 persons who were detained by the government of Hong Kong for investigation in connection with the crash of the aircraft "Kashmir …

March 03, 1958

Proceedings of the First Party Conference of the Korean Workers' Party

A report on the first meeting of Korean Worker's Party delegates, discussing North Korea's five-year plan on economic development and ways to promote unity of the Party.

May 02, 1979

Main Points of the Talks with Foreign Minister Ho Dam of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 2 May 1979

Kurt Waldheim and Heo Dam discuss the Korean armistice and the possibilities for dialogue between the two Koreas.

March 03, 1954

Instructions from the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party

The Central Committee provides instructions on transmitting and discussing Zhou Enlai's speech on the Gao Gang issue.

February 11, 1957

Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Syria, 'The Situation of Ambassador Chen’s Visit to the Syrian Foreign Minister'

The Chinese Ambassador to Syria and the Syrian Foreign Minister discuss the timing of the Second Asian-African Conference and the Arab-Israeli conflict

November 21, 1957

Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Egypt, 'Egyptian Newspaper Carries Its Correspondent’s Report on the Conversation between Amer and Chairman Mao'

An Egyptian reporter published an article on National Defense Minister Amer's visit to the Soviet Union. There he thanked Mao for China's support during Egypts struggle …

June 24, 1956

Note from the British Representative Office in China regarding the 'Kashmir Princess' Aircraft Incident

Con O’Neill informs Zhou Enlai that the 13 persons who were detained by the government of Hong Kong for investigation in connection with the crash of the aircraft "Kashmir …

March 03, 1958

Proceedings of the First Party Conference of the Korean Workers' Party

A report on the first meeting of Korean Worker's Party delegates, discussing North Korea's five-year plan on economic development and ways to promote unity of the Party.

May 02, 1979

Main Points of the Talks with Foreign Minister Ho Dam of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 2 May 1979

Kurt Waldheim and Heo Dam discuss the Korean armistice and the possibilities for dialogue between the two Koreas.

March 03, 1954

Instructions from the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party

The Central Committee provides instructions on transmitting and discussing Zhou Enlai's speech on the Gao Gang issue.

February 11, 1957

Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Syria, 'The Situation of Ambassador Chen’s Visit to the Syrian Foreign Minister'

The Chinese Ambassador to Syria and the Syrian Foreign Minister discuss the timing of the Second Asian-African Conference and the Arab-Israeli conflict

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PURGES IN 1950S CHINA

Political purges were a common phenomenon in 1950s China. This collection focuses on the so-called Gao Gang and Rao Shushi Affair.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS

Explore all of our documents on inter-Korean relations in one comprehensive collection.

BERLIN WALL

The history of the Berlin Wall from the post-WWII divided city, to the wall's construction in 1961, through to it's destruction in 1989.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

After 1960, the division between China and the Soviet Union developed into an open split, fracturing the unity of the communist bloc.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

PURGES IN 1950S CHINA

Political purges were a common phenomenon in 1950s China. This collection focuses on the so-called Gao Gang and Rao Shushi Affair.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS

Explore all of our documents on inter-Korean relations in one comprehensive collection.

BERLIN WALL

The history of the Berlin Wall from the post-WWII divided city, to the wall's construction in 1961, through to it's destruction in 1989.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

After 1960, the division between China and the Soviet Union developed into an open split, fracturing the unity of the communist bloc.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

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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themes

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Japan’s Relations with the Korean Peninsula

Kyungwon Choi introduces four documents which were recently obtained from the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on Japan’s relations with, and the regional dynamics surrounding, the Korean Peninsula in 1975.

East German-Chinese Relations during the Cold War

Zhong Zhong Chen introduces documents from the archives of the former East Germany and argues that, although Sino-Soviet tensions dictated socialist bloc attitudes towards Beijing, East German leaders were often able to carve out substantial diplomatic freedoms

The 1965 Revolt in the Dominican Republic

Piero Gleijeses explores the US military intervention in the Dominican Republic in April, 1965.

Forecasting Nuclear War

Between 1981 and 1989 the foreign intelligence branches of the Soviet KGB and the East German Ministry of State Security launched a combined effort to develop a system for detecting signs of an impending western nuclear first strike.

TWITTER

#OnThisDay in '65, Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi discuss possibility of speaking to US on Vietnam and Taiwan. http://t.co/YILa9YaSqK #coldwarhist

#OnThisDay in '81, the CC RCP met to discuss the situation in Poland & types of aid Romania should send. http://t.co/mN7gpfCc36 #coldwarhist

RT @adamcathcart: Students or journalists interested in the dynamics of inner-Party purges in China, the Gao Gang shadow is a long one: htt…

RT @DrRadchenko: http://t.co/8Xsub7XB3P. My comparison of the Zhou Yongkang case with that of Gao Gang 60 years ago.

RT @Yang_gui_zi: New on http://t.co/1Eg1ngP4zV: "Purges in 1950s China" http://t.co/aZEn90UhbJ Few docs untranslated, volunteers? Also what…