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Digital Archive International History Declassified


Collections contain selected sets of historical documents related to a specific topic, region, or event.

  • North Korea August 1956 Plenum Incident

    The post-Korean War disputes and debates within the Korean Workers' Party culminated in the 1956 August Plenum.

  • North Korea's First Five-Year Plan, 1957-1961

    North Korea's First Five-Year Plan emphasized the development of heavy industry

  • North Korean Military Adventurism

    This collection of documents provides a historical record of North Korea's brinkmanship and military-diplomatic campaigns since 1968.

  • North Korean Nuclear History

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

  • North Korean Public Diplomacy

    Throughout the 1970s, North Korea waged an intensive diplomatic campaign to attract new supporters abroad, including in the United States.

  • North Vietnamese Decision-Making, 1973-1975

    A collection of published Vietnamese documents dealing with North Vietnam’s decision-making from January 1973-April 1975.

  • Northern Limit Line Dispute

    The Northern Limit Line (NLL) remains one of the most serious flashpoints for conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Nuclear Debate Pamphlets

    Pamphlets from both pro- and anti-nuclear organizations published during the 1980 period of rising tensions and the decline of déténte.

  • Nuclear Proliferation

    Documents on the history of nuclear proliferation, the arms race, and disarmament efforts.

  • Origins of Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Cooperation

    The origins of nuclear cooperation between Argentina and Brazil from the 1960s onwards.

  • Pakistani Nuclear History

    Documents on the history of Pakistani nuclear development.

  • Post-Stalin Succession Struggle

    Stalin's successors jockeyed for control of the Soviet Union following his death on 1 March 1953.

  • Project RYaN

    The KGB operated a worldwide intelligence network to monitor indicators and assess the likelihood of a surprise nuclear missile attack.

  • Purges in 1950s China

    Political purges were a common phenomenon in 1950s China. This collection focuses on the so-called Gao Gang and Rao Shushi Affair.

  • Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

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

  • Reform and Opening in China, 1978-

    China's policy of reform and opening, launched by Deng Xiaoping, transformed its economy, the end of the Cold War, and the world.

  • Repatriation to North Korea

    Koreans in China, Japan, and elsewhere returned or were repatriated to North Korea throughout the Cold War.

  • Ryszard Kukliński Collection

    Ryszard Kukliski was a Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO who passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA between 1972 and 1981