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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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October 29, 1968

Telegram Number 5186/92, 'Chinese Foreign Policy'

Relying on British assessments of the situation in China, the French Ambassador in London reports that Chinese foreign policy is the outcome of debates between anti-Soviets and …

April 23, 1960

Notes on Conversation between Sardar Swaran Singh and Marshal Chen Yi

Swaran Singh and Chen Yi discuss the dispute over the boundaries of the Sino-Indian border.

April 24, 1960

Record of Talks between Prime Minister Nehru and Premier Zhou Enlai

Nehru and Zhou Enlai discuss the dispute over the boundaries of the Sino-Indian border.

October 26, 1954

Minutes of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Third Meeting with Nehru

Om the final day of Nehru's visit, he and Mao discuss Soviet technical assistance and relations with Burma.

October 19, 1954

Minutes of Chairman Mao Zedong’s First Meeting with Nehru

Mao Zedong and Nehru discuss Sino-Indian relations and the political situation in Asia.

September 10, 1975

Letter to the GDR Council of Ministers, 'Information about Recent Issues of PRC Domestic and Foreign Policy – Directives for the Code of Conduct of GDR Representatives towards the Representatives of the PR China'

In the midst of China's apparent "struggle against Maoism," East German diplomats review Chinese foreign and domestic policies and the state of bilateral relations.

October 29, 1968

Telegram Number 5186/92, 'Chinese Foreign Policy'

Relying on British assessments of the situation in China, the French Ambassador in London reports that Chinese foreign policy is the outcome of debates between anti-Soviets and …

April 23, 1960

Notes on Conversation between Sardar Swaran Singh and Marshal Chen Yi

Swaran Singh and Chen Yi discuss the dispute over the boundaries of the Sino-Indian border.

April 24, 1960

Record of Talks between Prime Minister Nehru and Premier Zhou Enlai

Nehru and Zhou Enlai discuss the dispute over the boundaries of the Sino-Indian border.

October 26, 1954

Minutes of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Third Meeting with Nehru

Om the final day of Nehru's visit, he and Mao discuss Soviet technical assistance and relations with Burma.

October 19, 1954

Minutes of Chairman Mao Zedong’s First Meeting with Nehru

Mao Zedong and Nehru discuss Sino-Indian relations and the political situation in Asia.

September 10, 1975

Letter to the GDR Council of Ministers, 'Information about Recent Issues of PRC Domestic and Foreign Policy – Directives for the Code of Conduct of GDR Representatives towards the Representatives of the PR China'

In the midst of China's apparent "struggle against Maoism," East German diplomats review Chinese foreign and domestic policies and the state of bilateral relations.

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VIETNAM WAR

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

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

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

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

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

VIETNAM WAR

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

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

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

END OF THE COLD WAR

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

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

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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WILSON CENTER

Chinese Students in the Soviet Union, 1960-1965

Newly translated Chinese Foreign Ministry Documents reveal the diplomatic fallout from the March 1965 protests staged by Chinese and Vietnamese students in Moscow.

Socialist Exchanges in the 1950s

After 1953, China hosted thousands of North Koreans for industrial training programs and internships. Although the intention of hosting interns was to assist North Korea with its post-war economic reconstruction, newly translated Chinese documents reveal that the training programs were, at their core, really about politics.

A “Diplomatic Nuclear Explosion”?

When France and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in January 1964, observers called the event a “diplomatic nuclear explosion," but the high hopes entertained for Sino-French relations never quite materialized during, undermined by China and France’s conflicting goals toward the Vietnam War and the turmoil associated with the Cultural Revolution.

TWITTER

#OnThisDay in '89, George Bush issues directive on changing US-Soviet relations and containment policy. http://t.co/YsJOMcknOB #coldwarhist

CWIHP Scholar Sergey Radchenko in @ForeignPolicy drawing parallels b/t frenemies Mao/Nehru and Xi/Modi. http://t.co/s7uHwhqfsC #coldwarhist

#OnThisDay in '79, GDR report on Iraqi punishment of treason, espionage & contact w/ foreign intel. http://t.co/v8z4vLyAwe #coldwarhist

#OnThisDay in '68, Kiev reports anon. pro-Czech leaflet at university against government restrictions. http://t.co/EJXN9SmUz6 #coldwarhist

#OnThisDay in '52, Stalin writes to Mao Re: Soviet position on Mexican UN proposal & India-Burma rels. http://t.co/BPKC0uKBc7 #coldwarhist