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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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June 29, 1954

Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Burmese Prime Minister U Nu

Zhou Enlai and U Nu first talked about the decision made on the Geneva Conference regarding the armistice in the Korean Peninsula and the role of the US in it. Then they talked …

1992

A Glorious Model of Proletarian Internationalism: Mao Zedong and Helping Vietnam Resist France

Luo Guibo recounts China's involvement in the First Indochina War and its assistance to the Viet Minh.

May 19, 1979

Letter from Israeli PM Menachem Begin to British PM Margaret Thatcher on Pakistan’s Nuclear Program

Letter from Begin forwarding a memorandum to Thatcher on activities of the Pakistani government to build a nuclear weapon.

May 22, 1979

Memorandum for Margaret Thatcher in Response to a Letter from Menachem Begin

Memorandum with a briefing on both the Pakistani and Israeli nuclear positions and suggestions for a response to the letter from Menchem Begin.

June 05, 1944

Letter to Deputy USSR People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs Kavtaradze and the USSR Ambassador to Iran Makisimov from Vice-Consul of the USSR General Consulate in Tabriz Marchenko

Letter forwarding a report about the political and economic situation of the consular district of the USSR General Consulate in Tabriz for 1943.

1944

Report on the Political and Economic Situation in Tabriz in 1943

A report detailing the political and economic situation in Tabriz in 1943, detailing, among other things, leadership, local government, and elections. There is emphasis placed on …

June 29, 1954

Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Burmese Prime Minister U Nu

Zhou Enlai and U Nu first talked about the decision made on the Geneva Conference regarding the armistice in the Korean Peninsula and the role of the US in it. Then they talked …

1992

A Glorious Model of Proletarian Internationalism: Mao Zedong and Helping Vietnam Resist France

Luo Guibo recounts China's involvement in the First Indochina War and its assistance to the Viet Minh.

May 19, 1979

Letter from Israeli PM Menachem Begin to British PM Margaret Thatcher on Pakistan’s Nuclear Program

Letter from Begin forwarding a memorandum to Thatcher on activities of the Pakistani government to build a nuclear weapon.

May 22, 1979

Memorandum for Margaret Thatcher in Response to a Letter from Menachem Begin

Memorandum with a briefing on both the Pakistani and Israeli nuclear positions and suggestions for a response to the letter from Menchem Begin.

June 05, 1944

Letter to Deputy USSR People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs Kavtaradze and the USSR Ambassador to Iran Makisimov from Vice-Consul of the USSR General Consulate in Tabriz Marchenko

Letter forwarding a report about the political and economic situation of the consular district of the USSR General Consulate in Tabriz for 1943.

1944

Report on the Political and Economic Situation in Tabriz in 1943

A report detailing the political and economic situation in Tabriz in 1943, detailing, among other things, leadership, local government, and elections. There is emphasis placed on …

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KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities and bringing an end to the Korean War.

1956 POLISH AND HUNGARIAN CRISES

The uprising began in Hungary as a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies.

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

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION

Documents on the history of nuclear proliferation, the arms race, and disarmament efforts.

KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities and bringing an end to the Korean War.

1956 POLISH AND HUNGARIAN CRISES

The uprising began in Hungary as a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies.

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

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION

Documents on the history of nuclear proliferation, the arms race, and disarmament efforts.

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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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

China-Myanmar Relations during the Cold War

Drawing on documents from three Chinese archives, Hongwei Fan reveals that China-Myanmar relations were testier than ever publicly acknowledged, and both sides harbored reservations toward one another throughout the Cold War.

Chinese FM Documents on Hungary, 1956

Péter Vámos addresses the controversy over the Chinese role in the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. Using documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive in Beijing, Vámos argues that the official Chinese position was a distortion of actual events

New Documents on Korean War Armistice

NKIDP has released a collection of Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks.

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