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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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March 22, 1935

The Distribution of the Sovsin'torg Trade Loan

A breakdown of how a Soviet loan to Xinjiang will be utilized.

August 05, 1935

Concerning the Release of Money to the NKVD

The CPSU Politburo releases 1.2 million rubles to support individuals arriving in the Soviet Union from Xinjiang.

July 16, 1936

On Soviet Trade Officials in Xinjiang

The CPSU Politburo increases the number of Soviet trade officials in Xinjiang.

November 15, 1935

Concerning Cde. Apresov's Gifts to Leaders in Xinjiang

The Politburo orders objects to be released to the disposition of Cde. Apresov, the General Consul in Urumqi, for distribution as gifts to government officials in Xinjiang.

October 01, 1935

Concerning the Sale of Soviet Military Equipment to the Xinjiang Government

The Politburo orders military equipment, including U-2 aircraft, small arms, and clothing, from NKO stocks to be sold to the Xinjiang government.

October 03, 1935

Concerning Relations with the 36th Division (National Revolutionary Army)

The Politburo orders the NKVD to seek, with the cooperation of Ma Zhongying, commander of the 36th Division of the National Revolutionary Army, the departure of the NRA division …

March 22, 1935

The Distribution of the Sovsin'torg Trade Loan

A breakdown of how a Soviet loan to Xinjiang will be utilized.

August 05, 1935

Concerning the Release of Money to the NKVD

The CPSU Politburo releases 1.2 million rubles to support individuals arriving in the Soviet Union from Xinjiang.

July 16, 1936

On Soviet Trade Officials in Xinjiang

The CPSU Politburo increases the number of Soviet trade officials in Xinjiang.

November 15, 1935

Concerning Cde. Apresov's Gifts to Leaders in Xinjiang

The Politburo orders objects to be released to the disposition of Cde. Apresov, the General Consul in Urumqi, for distribution as gifts to government officials in Xinjiang.

October 01, 1935

Concerning the Sale of Soviet Military Equipment to the Xinjiang Government

The Politburo orders military equipment, including U-2 aircraft, small arms, and clothing, from NKO stocks to be sold to the Xinjiang government.

October 03, 1935

Concerning Relations with the 36th Division (National Revolutionary Army)

The Politburo orders the NKVD to seek, with the cooperation of Ma Zhongying, commander of the 36th Division of the National Revolutionary Army, the departure of the NRA division …

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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

More about the Soviet rejection of the Marshall Plan #OnThisDay in 1947 [PDF]: http://t.co/AU3fxVWoQZ #coldwarhist

@losallman @Lang_Ingram Indeed, it's surprising! Here's Molotov's statement on the decision: http://t.co/EIkKbVCh2U

#OnThisDay in 1947 the Soviet Union says no to US Marshall Plan assistance. #coldwarhist http://t.co/whpKBQ3zBF

#OTD in '50 Shtykov to Stalin: political mood "worsening" in DPRK due to US intervention. http://t.co/nSFP9u34px http://t.co/mZDXzw6KDc

Check out Kennan's "Long Telegram," the inspiration for his essay. http://t.co/TOgcmTki6g #coldwarhist http://t.co/BMhDcRZrX2