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Stalin and the Cold War

Leader of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death in 1953, this collection contain Stalin's own writings, conversations, and legacy. The documents come mostly from the 1950s, and from Russian archives. Topics discussed include Stalin's economic opinions and his views on the situation in East Germany. The final items discuss Stalin's death and the fate of some of his ministers. See also Economic Cold War, and Post Stalin Succession Struggle. (Image, Stalin at the Tehran Conference, 1943)

  • August 10, 1945

    Record of a Meeting Between T.V. Soong and Stalin

    T.V. Soong, Stalin, and others discuss the status of the war with Japan, the borders of Inner and Outer Mongolia, and the right of Soviet use of Manchurian railroads.

  • August 13, 1945

    Record of Meeting Between T.V. Soong and Stalin

    T.V. Soong, Stalin, and others discuss Soviet plans in Manchuria. Topics include administrative rights, Soviet aid for China, and the progress in the war against Japan.

  • September 01, 1945

    Jakub Berman's Letter to Stalin: A Report on the Situation in Poland and Request for Advice and Help

    Jakub Berman, leading Polish communist, writes to Stalin a detailed list of events occuring in Poland dealing with the stability of the Post-War communist government.

  • October 24, 1945

    Memorandum of a Conversation between W.A. Harriman and Stalin

    W.A. Harriman and Stalin discuss post-war peace treaties and discuss who will be invited to participate in negotiations in the European war.

  • November 14, 1945

    Meeting of J.V. Stalin with V. Gomulka and G. Mintz Regarding the Situation in Poland

    Stalin advises Polish officials Gomulka and Mintz on the political and economic situation in Poland.

  • November 14, 1945

    Gomulka’s Memorandum of a Conversation with Stalin

    Stalin and Gomulka discuss Polish political structure, domestic policy, and foreign relations.

  • January 07, 1946

    Record of I.V. Stalin's Conversation with Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria about Implementation of the Decisions of the Moscow Conference of Three Foreign Ministers on Bulgaria

    Stalin and Molotov meet with a delegation of Bulgarian communists to discuss ongoing political developments in post-war Bulgaria, mainly dealing with the left opposition.

  • February 06, 1946

    Report by Walter Ulbricht on a Meeting with Stalin

    Walter Ulbricht's meeting note from a conversation with Stalin. Topics ranged from Germany communist ideology to questions of occupation policy, among others.

  • April 05, 1946

    Cable from B. Smith to Secretary of State

    Ambassador Smith and Stalin discuss relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, both expressing their desire to avoid a deterioration of relations in the post-war time frame.

  • April 07, 1946

    Bierut's Telephone Conversation with Stalin

    Bierut and Stalin discuss the ecnonomic needs of post-war Poland in regards to grain and coal. Internal Polish politics are also discussed.

  • April 09, 1946

    Translation of Notes Kept by the Hungarian Foreign Minister Rergarding Conversations with Soviet Representatives

    Schoenfeld's notes on a series of conversations held between the Hungarian delegation to Moscow and various Soviet officials. Conversations focused on primarily Hungarian populations abroad.

  • June 06, 1946

    Record of the Conversation of Comrade I.V. Stalin with Rasmussen, Denmark Minster of Foreign Affairs, and Prince Axel, Chief of the [Danish] Trade Delegation

    Stalin, Rasmussen, and Axel discuss the development of Soviet Danish relations. Topics include economic and political exchanges.

  • August 07, 1946

    Report of the Labour Party on its Goodwill Mission to the USSR

    UK Labour party representatives' summary of their trip to the Soviet Union. Visiting multiple cities, the representatives discussed Soviet education, rebuilding, economic conditions, and more. The members also spoke with Stalin about improving relations between the USSR and UK.

  • August 28, 1946

    Bierut's Notes of a Conversation with Stalin on the Situation in the Polish Socialist Party (PPS) and Preparations for Parliamentary Elections in Poland

    Bierut and Stalin discuss ongoing internal political struggles among Polish communists and other leftist organizations in Poland.

  • September 17, 1946

    Answers to the Questions Posed by A. Werth, Moscow Correspondent for the Sunday Times

    In an interview for the Sunday Times, Stalin discusses his thoughts on foreign policy developments around the world.

  • October 26, 1946

    Answers to the Questions of Mr. H. Bailey, President of the American Agency 'United Press'

    In an interview, Stalin discusses the political developments in Europe and the Soviet Union and the threat of conflict with the West. Particular emphasis is paid to Germany and Eastern Europe.

  • November 24, 1946

    Osóbka Morawski's Notes of a Conversation with Stalin in Sochi Held by PPR and PPS Delegations

    Morawski notes a conversation he had with Soviet officials, including Stalin, regarding his party's (PPS) political stance in regards to future elections in Poland.

  • December 21, 1946

    Interview Transcript of Stalin's Interview With Elliot Roosevelt

    Roosevelt conducts an interview with Stalin and discusses US-Soviet relations and problems facing the post-war world.

  • 1947

    Memorandum, USSR Council of Ministers to Cde. Stalin, I.V.

    Minister of State Security V. Abakumov writes to Stalin concerning the approaching court trial of leaders of the Main Directorate of Cossack Forces. The trial will take place in a closed session and the prisoners will be sentenced to death by hanging. Abakumov lists their offenses.

  • January 17, 1947

    Report to Washington on Mongomery’s Conversation with Stalin

    Montgomery and Stalin discuss the possibility for future UK-USSR cooperation and ongoing US-UK relations.