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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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August 19, 1952

From the Journal of A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Record of a Conversation with Zhou Enlai, Premier of the PRC State Administrative Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs, 18 August 1952'

Vyshinsky and Zhou briefly discuss recent changes in China and the positive state of Sino-Soviet relations.

January 20, 1951

Report from P. F. Yudin to I. V. Stalin on Meetings with the Leaders of the Communist Party of China, including Mao Zedong on 31 December 1950

Yudin recounts his meetings with Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, and Zhou Enlai. In three meetings, Yudin learned more about China's relations with other communist parties in Asia, …

September 13, 2018

Oral History Interview with Richard Butler

Australian diplomat and expert involved in the 1995 Non-Proliferation Treaty Extension Conference.

January 10, 1983

Information About the Population Policy of the DPRK

Reports suggest that North Korea is cracking down on illegal internal migration, although many young people are still living in Pyongyang without proper permits.

November 16, 1982

Information About Some Aspects of the Population Policy in the Capital of the DPRK, Pyongyang

North Korea is reportedly expelling illegal residents from Pyongyang and overall seeks to manage the population of the capital so that it is "politically reliable."

October 19, 1946

Cable No. 35419 from Petrov in Nanjing on Arrest of Orthodox Archbishop

Petrov reports on the arrest of Archbishop Viktor and demands his immediate release.

August 19, 1952

From the Journal of A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Record of a Conversation with Zhou Enlai, Premier of the PRC State Administrative Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs, 18 August 1952'

Vyshinsky and Zhou briefly discuss recent changes in China and the positive state of Sino-Soviet relations.

January 20, 1951

Report from P. F. Yudin to I. V. Stalin on Meetings with the Leaders of the Communist Party of China, including Mao Zedong on 31 December 1950

Yudin recounts his meetings with Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, and Zhou Enlai. In three meetings, Yudin learned more about China's relations with other communist parties in Asia, …

September 13, 2018

Oral History Interview with Richard Butler

Australian diplomat and expert involved in the 1995 Non-Proliferation Treaty Extension Conference.

January 10, 1983

Information About the Population Policy of the DPRK

Reports suggest that North Korea is cracking down on illegal internal migration, although many young people are still living in Pyongyang without proper permits.

November 16, 1982

Information About Some Aspects of the Population Policy in the Capital of the DPRK, Pyongyang

North Korea is reportedly expelling illegal residents from Pyongyang and overall seeks to manage the population of the capital so that it is "politically reliable."

October 19, 1946

Cable No. 35419 from Petrov in Nanjing on Arrest of Orthodox Archbishop

Petrov reports on the arrest of Archbishop Viktor and demands his immediate release.

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ARCHIVIO ANDREOTTI'S NATO SERIES

A collection of files broadly related to NATO affairs drawn from the archives of Giulio Andreotti.

EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon from 1943 to the early 1970s.

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.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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

ARCHIVIO ANDREOTTI'S NATO SERIES

A collection of files broadly related to NATO affairs drawn from the archives of Giulio Andreotti.

EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon from 1943 to the early 1970s.

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.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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

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]

Explore
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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