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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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April 21, 1956

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with a Delegation of Journalists from Yugoslavia (Excerpt)

In a meeting with journalists from Yugoslavia, Mao compares the atomic bomb to other weapons used throughout history and argues that the atomic bomb would kill fewer people. …

May 04, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Members of a Military Delegation from the United Arab Republic (Excerpt)

Mao expresses support for the United Arab Republic (1958-1971) and their anti-colonialist struggle.

August 15, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Sihanouk (Excerpt)

Mao shares his views on education.

September 02, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Brazilian Journalists, Murilo Marroquin de Souza and Mme. [Maria da Graca] Dutra

Mao shares his views on education with journalists from Brazil.

November 25, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Kim Il Sung

Mao discusses the consolidation of mainland China and the need to defeat imperialism.

November 25, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] First Audience with a [North] Korean Delegation

Mao emphasizes that the 12 fraternal socialist countries need to develop mutual understanding and resolutely follow the socialist road.

April 21, 1956

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with a Delegation of Journalists from Yugoslavia (Excerpt)

In a meeting with journalists from Yugoslavia, Mao compares the atomic bomb to other weapons used throughout history and argues that the atomic bomb would kill fewer people. …

May 04, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Members of a Military Delegation from the United Arab Republic (Excerpt)

Mao expresses support for the United Arab Republic (1958-1971) and their anti-colonialist struggle.

August 15, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Sihanouk (Excerpt)

Mao shares his views on education.

September 02, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Brazilian Journalists, Murilo Marroquin de Souza and Mme. [Maria da Graca] Dutra

Mao shares his views on education with journalists from Brazil.

November 25, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with Kim Il Sung

Mao discusses the consolidation of mainland China and the need to defeat imperialism.

November 25, 1958

Conversation from [Mao Zedong's] First Audience with a [North] Korean Delegation

Mao emphasizes that the 12 fraternal socialist countries need to develop mutual understanding and resolutely follow the socialist road.

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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

KOREAN WAR BIOLOGICAL WARFARE ALLEGATIONS

In 1951 and 1952, the communist bloc alleged that the United States was conducting biological warfare (BW).

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

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

KOREAN WAR ORIGINS, 1945-1950

Who started the Korean War? This collection adds context to the decisions that led to North Korea's invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950.

NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT)

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is an international treaty developed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology.

CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR ACCIDENT, 1986

Soviet and Ukrainian records shed light on the lead-up to the Chernobyl disaster, the days of the accident, and the aftermath thereof.

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

KOREAN WAR BIOLOGICAL WARFARE ALLEGATIONS

In 1951 and 1952, the communist bloc alleged that the United States was conducting biological warfare (BW).

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

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

KOREAN WAR ORIGINS, 1945-1950

Who started the Korean War? This collection adds context to the decisions that led to North Korea's invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950.

NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT)

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is an international treaty developed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons technology.

CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR ACCIDENT, 1986

Soviet and Ukrainian records shed light on the lead-up to the Chernobyl disaster, the days of the accident, and the aftermath thereof.

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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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.

TWITTER

Ties between Laos and China during this period are the subject of many cables in our Digital Archive. By some accou… https://t.co/0kuDxaG6u1

Records of Hammarskjöld's visit to China and his meetings with Zhou Enlai are available here… https://t.co/hFRSRn0jzQ

LIVE WEBCAST: "Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote" with Ellen Carol DuBois, Kimberly A. Hamlin, and Marcia… https://t.co/5Nr7KA4UHx

The Open Society Archives seeks applicants from the fields of history, the arts, philosophy and sociology to reflec… https://t.co/tLIzcHCA3d

Chen Jian and Shen Zhihua also recently summarized their views on why China intervened, and the consequences of Chi… https://t.co/M6ILZvTwZi