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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. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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February 08, 1979

Cable from the British Embassy in Tokyo to the British Embassy in Seoul, 'Visit of Deng Xiaoping'

A summary of remarks made by Deng Xiaoping to Japanese officials regarding developments on the Korean Peninsula.

October 12, 1979

Cable the British Defense Attache in Seoul, 'Suspected North Korean Tunnel'

A British defense attache report on the discovery of North Korean tunnels in South Korea.

March 30, 1973

Record of Conversation between Foreign Minister Ohira and Chen Chu

February 26, 1950

Letter, Mao Zedong to Comrade Stalin

Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai wrote to Soviet leaders expressing their appreciation the hospitality given during their visit in the Soviet Union.

July 25, 1956

Letter No. 6 from Syngman Rhee to Young Kee Kim

President Rhee informs Minister Kim about recent visit of the Australian Prime Minister.

May 17, 1956

Letter, Syngman Rhee to Young Kee Kim

President Rhee informs Minister Kim that Bangkok cannot be included in ROK Navy's goodwill tour.

February 08, 1979

Cable from the British Embassy in Tokyo to the British Embassy in Seoul, 'Visit of Deng Xiaoping'

A summary of remarks made by Deng Xiaoping to Japanese officials regarding developments on the Korean Peninsula.

October 12, 1979

Cable the British Defense Attache in Seoul, 'Suspected North Korean Tunnel'

A British defense attache report on the discovery of North Korean tunnels in South Korea.

March 30, 1973

Record of Conversation between Foreign Minister Ohira and Chen Chu

February 26, 1950

Letter, Mao Zedong to Comrade Stalin

Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai wrote to Soviet leaders expressing their appreciation the hospitality given during their visit in the Soviet Union.

July 25, 1956

Letter No. 6 from Syngman Rhee to Young Kee Kim

President Rhee informs Minister Kim about recent visit of the Australian Prime Minister.

May 17, 1956

Letter, Syngman Rhee to Young Kee Kim

President Rhee informs Minister Kim that Bangkok cannot be included in ROK Navy's goodwill tour.

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SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in response to a revolt against the Soviet-backed government.

IRAN'S TUDEH PARTY

A collection of documents regarding the “People’s Party of Iran” or the “Party of Masses,” Iran’s largest Communist party.

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.

VIETNAM WAR

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

SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

CHINA AND THE MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

Sources on China's relations with the MENA region during the Mao era.

SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in response to a revolt against the Soviet-backed government.

IRAN'S TUDEH PARTY

A collection of documents regarding the “People’s Party of Iran” or the “Party of Masses,” Iran’s largest Communist party.

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.

VIETNAM WAR

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

SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

CHINA AND THE MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

Sources on China's relations with the MENA region during the Mao era.

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. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses 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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FROM THE
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Cold War International History Project

The Cold War International History Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War.

Nuclear Proliferation Int'l History Project

A global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history.

North Korea International Documentation Project

An informational clearinghouse on North Korea for both the scholarly and policymaking communities that disseminates newly declassified documents on the DPRK.

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