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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. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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November 21, 1950

Situation of Recent Mass Ideological Trends and Enemy Activities in Shenyang and Lüshun-Dalian

An internal reference report on social trends in Shenyang and Lüshun-Dalian in the wake of China's entry into the Korean War.

November 23, 1950

Hatred of America is Not Yet Fully Established among Students at Shanghai Colleges and Middle Schools

An "Internal Reference" report on attitudes amongst students in Shanghai following China's entry into the Korean War.

August 15, 1951

Summary of the Work Plan for Vendors and the Campaign to Resist America and Aid Korea in Beijing

A Beijing work report on the "Campaign toi Resist America and Aid Korea."

October 31, 1972

Letter, C.V. Narasimhan to Ahmet H. Ozbudun, containing "Main Points of the Draft Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Korea" and "The Special Declaration by President Park Chung Hee on October 17, 1972"

A summary of the new yushin constitution, issued by the South Korean Permanent Observer at the United Nations.

November 26, 1943

The Cairo Declaration

Roosevelt, Churchhill, and Jiang Jieshi declare that they are "fighting this war to restraint and punish the aggression of Japan."

May 23, 1980

Memorandum from Donald Gregg for Zbigniew Brzezinski, 'Mike Oksenberg's Note on Korea'

Donald Gregg and Michel Oksenberg outline US policy toward Korea in light of the incident in Gwangju.

November 21, 1950

Situation of Recent Mass Ideological Trends and Enemy Activities in Shenyang and Lüshun-Dalian

An internal reference report on social trends in Shenyang and Lüshun-Dalian in the wake of China's entry into the Korean War.

November 23, 1950

Hatred of America is Not Yet Fully Established among Students at Shanghai Colleges and Middle Schools

An "Internal Reference" report on attitudes amongst students in Shanghai following China's entry into the Korean War.

August 15, 1951

Summary of the Work Plan for Vendors and the Campaign to Resist America and Aid Korea in Beijing

A Beijing work report on the "Campaign toi Resist America and Aid Korea."

October 31, 1972

Letter, C.V. Narasimhan to Ahmet H. Ozbudun, containing "Main Points of the Draft Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Korea" and "The Special Declaration by President Park Chung Hee on October 17, 1972"

A summary of the new yushin constitution, issued by the South Korean Permanent Observer at the United Nations.

November 26, 1943

The Cairo Declaration

Roosevelt, Churchhill, and Jiang Jieshi declare that they are "fighting this war to restraint and punish the aggression of Japan."

May 23, 1980

Memorandum from Donald Gregg for Zbigniew Brzezinski, 'Mike Oksenberg's Note on Korea'

Donald Gregg and Michel Oksenberg outline US policy toward Korea in light of the incident in Gwangju.

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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

END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

INDIAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Documents on the history of Indian nuclear development, focusing on assistance from and intervention by the Soviet Union and the United States.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

BANDUNG CONFERENCE, 1955

Representatives from 29 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

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

END OF THE COLD WAR

Documents on the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

INDIAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Documents on the history of Indian nuclear development, focusing on assistance from and intervention by the Soviet Union and the United States.

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

BANDUNG CONFERENCE, 1955

Representatives from 29 African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955.

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. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Kim Gu on Reunification and War, 1948

A recently unearthed conversation with veteran independence activist Kim Gu (Kim Koo) provides new details on how leaders in southern Korea saw North Korea in 1948 and their predictions about the likelihood of a war in Korea.

The Imagined Arsenal

Yogesh Joshi explores how new archival evidence from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the 1974 PNE and the origins of India's nuclear submarine program can inform strategic discourse on India's nuclear weapons program.

China, Europe, and the Rise of a Multipolar World

Sino-European Relations during the Cold War and the Rise of a Multipolar World combines critical oral history with newly translated documentary sources to provide insights into the dynamics of Sino-European relations, past and present, and recent and ongoing global power shifts.

TWITTER

Trade sanctions will not be lifted until China deals with human rights violations, Congress says. #coldwarhist http://t.co/zeUn9lvQDF

@Atomicrod Interesting fact!

#OnThisDay in 1989 Congress passes new sanctions against China in reaction to Tiananmen Square incident. #coldwarhist http://t.co/h80jTgWhMZ

#OnThisDay in 1948 USSR expels Yugoslavia from COMINFORM over Yugoslav's position on Greek civil war. #coldwarhist

#OTD in 1950 Truman orders US forces to give Korean troops "cover and support." http://t.co/n7wLMCwzQM #coldwarhist http://t.co/4Rb5N6FCrr