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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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August 28, 1980

Letter by the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev, to the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt

December 12, 1980

Memorandum of Conversation between Brandt and V. Semyonov on 11 December 1980

September 29, 1985

Statement of Willy Brandt, Former Chancellor of West Germany, before the United States Congress

January 29, 1986

Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev

December 13, 1979

Cable, South Korean Ambassador to the U.S.to the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'The Statement by Assistant Secretary Christopher'

A telegram regarding the case of WUS-1284 and U.S. Assistant Secretary Christopher's response to media reporters about the December 12 Incident.

January 10, 1946

The Japanese Population in Korea and the Korean Population in Manchuria

A Soviet report on the situation of Japanese in Korea and on the status of Koreans in Manchuria, or Northeast China, after liberation.

August 28, 1980

Letter by the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev, to the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt

December 12, 1980

Memorandum of Conversation between Brandt and V. Semyonov on 11 December 1980

September 29, 1985

Statement of Willy Brandt, Former Chancellor of West Germany, before the United States Congress

January 29, 1986

Letter by the Chairman of the SPD, Brandt, to the General Secretary of the CC of the CPSU, Gorbachev

December 13, 1979

Cable, South Korean Ambassador to the U.S.to the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'The Statement by Assistant Secretary Christopher'

A telegram regarding the case of WUS-1284 and U.S. Assistant Secretary Christopher's response to media reporters about the December 12 Incident.

January 10, 1946

The Japanese Population in Korea and the Korean Population in Manchuria

A Soviet report on the situation of Japanese in Korea and on the status of Koreans in Manchuria, or Northeast China, after liberation.

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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

One memorable moment was Khrushchev's shoe-banging incident at a meeting of the UN General Assembly in 1960. http://t.co/o4h1TpDGzW

Here's the talk where Mikoyan advises Mao that Rittenberg should be arrested as a spy: http://t.co/hbgWteRfY8 https://t.co/NC4TZkUYgg

#OTD in '45 US approves charter establishing the UN, which would be the scene for many US-Soviet confrontations. http://t.co/Q5p0iVsLls

#OTD in '53 100,000 East Germans defy communist threats, pour into W. Berlin to obtain food packages donated by West. http://t.co/T8qn4t2HNP

#OTD in 1953, Korean War armistice signed. See our collection of documents on negotiations: http://t.co/VO8N55BXut http://t.co/Byz9xQyTMn