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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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December 07, 1961

Report of Prestes' Stay in Berlin from 27 November to 12 January

Detailed summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

November 29, 1961

Report on Visit of Luis Carlos Prestes, Chairman of the National Leadership of the Brazilian Communist Party

Summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

December, 1961

GDR Department of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Information on the Situation in Brasil

Louis Carlos Prestes, chairman of the Brazilian Communist Party, briefs the GDR Department of International Relations on events in Brazil following Quadros' resignation and …

May 10, 1988

Minutes of the Meeting between Kim Il Sung, Secretary General of the Korean Workers Party, and Comrade Günter Schabowski in Pyongyang on 10 May 1988

Kim Il Sung apologizes for the North Korean trade shortfall and informed Schabowski of major flooding in 1986 and 1987. There was also talk of the approaching 13th World Games of …

1949

Tables from the Department of Education, South Pyeong-an Branch of the Overseas Chinese Federation

Statistics on Overseas Chinese schools in South Pyeong-an Province, North Korea.

February 25, 1949

Summary of Education Work in North Hamgyong

Narrative reports on Overseas Chinese schools in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea.

December 07, 1961

Report of Prestes' Stay in Berlin from 27 November to 12 January

Detailed summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

November 29, 1961

Report on Visit of Luis Carlos Prestes, Chairman of the National Leadership of the Brazilian Communist Party

Summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

December, 1961

GDR Department of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Information on the Situation in Brasil

Louis Carlos Prestes, chairman of the Brazilian Communist Party, briefs the GDR Department of International Relations on events in Brazil following Quadros' resignation and …

May 10, 1988

Minutes of the Meeting between Kim Il Sung, Secretary General of the Korean Workers Party, and Comrade Günter Schabowski in Pyongyang on 10 May 1988

Kim Il Sung apologizes for the North Korean trade shortfall and informed Schabowski of major flooding in 1986 and 1987. There was also talk of the approaching 13th World Games of …

1949

Tables from the Department of Education, South Pyeong-an Branch of the Overseas Chinese Federation

Statistics on Overseas Chinese schools in South Pyeong-an Province, North Korea.

February 25, 1949

Summary of Education Work in North Hamgyong

Narrative reports on Overseas Chinese schools in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea.

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THE ALGERIAN REVOLUTION AND THE COMMUNIST BLOC

The onset of the Algerian War of Independence in November 1954 was an important development in the international history of the Cold War.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Formerly secret documents from the communist word reveal that North Korea's nuclear program began as early as the 1960s.

RADIO FREE EUROPE AND RADIO LIBERTY

Declassified US government documents on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

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

THE ALGERIAN REVOLUTION AND THE COMMUNIST BLOC

The onset of the Algerian War of Independence in November 1954 was an important development in the international history of the Cold War.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Formerly secret documents from the communist word reveal that North Korea's nuclear program began as early as the 1960s.

RADIO FREE EUROPE AND RADIO LIBERTY

Declassified US government documents on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

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

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

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

North Korea's American Allies

North Korea's public diplomacy was in full swing in the United States in the 1970s. Brandon Gauthier investigates North Korea's American allies inside of the so-called American-Korean Friendship and Information Center (AKFIC).

The Algerian Revolution and the Communist Bloc

The onset of the Algerian War of Independence in November 1954 was an important development in the international history of the Cold War. Pierre Asselin introduces documents from the Algerian National Archives on socialist bloc support for Algerian National Liberation Front.

Russia and the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Sergey Radchenko draws on Soviet and Russian documents from 1991-1993 to argue that the first North Korean crisis began partly as a result of the policy choices of key regional players.

TWITTER

RT @coldwardocs: November 29, 1961: Report on Visit of Luis Carlos Prestes, Chairman of the National Leadership of the Brazilian… http://t.…

#OnThisDay in '58 the CIA issues memo reviewing anti-Soviet Radio Liberty russian-language broadcasts. http://t.co/8yvam5Z6MT #coldwarhist

Stalin died today in 1953, triggering a power struggle within the Soviet leadership: http://t.co/Jym1VWKrIJ http://t.co/NmCTGskING

#OnThisDay in '53 Stalin dies, creating a struggle for succession within USSR. http://t.co/Jym1VWKrIJ. #coldwarhist

#OnThisDay in '46 Churchill delivers landmark speech, introducing "iron curtain" as term for Comm Bloc. http://t.co/o0UbamrsKh #coldwarhist