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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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1958

Letter to the Deputy Chairman of the Soviet Committee of the MGG, Prof. Pushkov

September 19, 1958

Letter, N. Khrushchev to the CPSU CC Presidium

Proposed text of a letter from Nikita Khrushchev to Mao Zedong, reiterating Soviet support for the People's Republic of China in the event of a nuclear attack on the PRC.

June 15, 1961

Record of a Conversation between N.S. Khrushchev and President Sukarno

Sukarno tells Khrushchev about his trip to China and the possibilities of Chinese annexation of Taiwan. Khrushchev says the USSR fully supports the PRC's actions. The parties …

October 11, 1956

I. Tugarinov to Cde. B.N. Ponomarev, ‘Concentering the Situation on Taiwan (Memorandum)’

September 19, 1958

Note of Cde. N.S. Khrushchev to the CC Presidium about the Preparation of Documents with a Proposal to Convene a Conference of Heads of Governments on the Question of the Situation in the Area of Taiwan

Outlines of two proposed documents for the Soviet Union to deliver, one to President Eisenhower and one to the 13th UN General Assembly. The proposed texts discuss the conflict …

March 01, 1958

From the Journal of K.A. Krutikov, 'Record of a Conversation with GONG PUSHENG, Chief of the PRC MFA Department of International Organizations'

Gong Pusheng outlines the competitions between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China for representation in different international political bodies.

1958

Letter to the Deputy Chairman of the Soviet Committee of the MGG, Prof. Pushkov

September 19, 1958

Letter, N. Khrushchev to the CPSU CC Presidium

Proposed text of a letter from Nikita Khrushchev to Mao Zedong, reiterating Soviet support for the People's Republic of China in the event of a nuclear attack on the PRC.

June 15, 1961

Record of a Conversation between N.S. Khrushchev and President Sukarno

Sukarno tells Khrushchev about his trip to China and the possibilities of Chinese annexation of Taiwan. Khrushchev says the USSR fully supports the PRC's actions. The parties …

October 11, 1956

I. Tugarinov to Cde. B.N. Ponomarev, ‘Concentering the Situation on Taiwan (Memorandum)’

September 19, 1958

Note of Cde. N.S. Khrushchev to the CC Presidium about the Preparation of Documents with a Proposal to Convene a Conference of Heads of Governments on the Question of the Situation in the Area of Taiwan

Outlines of two proposed documents for the Soviet Union to deliver, one to President Eisenhower and one to the 13th UN General Assembly. The proposed texts discuss the conflict …

March 01, 1958

From the Journal of K.A. Krutikov, 'Record of a Conversation with GONG PUSHENG, Chief of the PRC MFA Department of International Organizations'

Gong Pusheng outlines the competitions between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China for representation in different international political bodies.

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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.

BERLIN WALL

The history of the Berlin Wall from the post-WWII divided city, to the wall's construction in 1961, through to its destruction in 1989.

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.

GERMAN REUNIFICATION

In 1990, East and West Germany reunited as the enlarged Federal Republic of Germany.

SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

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

YURI GAGARIN & THE FIRST HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT

Soviet documents on the April 12, 1961, flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space.

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.

BERLIN WALL

The history of the Berlin Wall from the post-WWII divided city, to the wall's construction in 1961, through to its destruction in 1989.

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.

GERMAN REUNIFICATION

In 1990, East and West Germany reunited as the enlarged Federal Republic of Germany.

SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

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

YURI GAGARIN & THE FIRST HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT

Soviet documents on the April 12, 1961, flight of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space.

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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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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