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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 06, 1945

    TASS, 'Byrnes Speech on the Radio'

    Byrnes speaks on the results of the first session of the Council of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Byrnes expressed anticipation for more productive sessions for structuring the United Nations and adhering to creating peace, mutual understanding and cooperation among states.

  • October 09, 1945

    TASS News Summary

    Stories include disputes in the US about putting the atomic bomb under international supervision, a speech by Truman on the atomic bomb, British conservative party politics, the dissolution of the national assembly in Portugal, elections in Budapest, and a speech by British Foreign Secretary Bevin on the conference of ministers of foreign affairs.

  • October 10, 1945

    TASS, 'Italian Newspapers Spread Absurd Rumors'

    Rumors that Stalin is ill being spread by Italian newspapers.

  • October 10, 1945

    Telegram from Stalin to Malenkov

    Stalin asked Malenkov to read all the article of "The Situation of the Election" to make sure no opposition in it before putting into print.

  • October 11, 1945

    Telegram from Malenkov to Stalin

    Malenkov confirmed the receipt of Stalin's telegram and promised to make necessary correction to "The Situation"

  • October 13, 1945

    Cable No.3303 from Stalin to Molotov, Beria, Mikoyan and Malenkov on the Soviet delegation

    Stalin expresses dissatisfaction at the lack of accurate Soviet records of conferences; request for full transcripts of speeches of all delegations.

  • October 18, 1945

    Directive of Soviet delegation on the first session of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

    Draft decree and list of delegates by the Council of People's Commissars on the USSR's joining the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

  • October 19, 1945

    Telegram from Molotov, Beria, Malenkov and Mikoyan to Stalin

    Recognition of the provisional government of Austria following the expansion of its authority to all of Austria.

  • 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.

  • October 30, 1945

    Telegram from Molotov to Stalin

    Draft reply to Malinovsky concerning Soviet troops in Manchuria, including instructions to avoid responsibilities for the security of Manchuria; allow the Chinese government's representatives to land at Huludao and Yingkou; allow the Chinese planes to land at Fengtian and Changchun

  • October 31, 1945

    Telegram from Beria and Malenkov to Stalin

    Request for Stalin's opinion about the nomination of several candidates for the People’s Commissar of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

  • 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.