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Stalin and the Cold War

Leader of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death in 1953, this collection contain Stalin's own writings, conversations, and legacy. The documents come mostly from the 1950s, and from Russian archives. Topics discussed include Stalin's economic opinions and his views on the situation in East Germany. The final items discuss Stalin's death and the fate of some of his ministers. See also Economic Cold War, and Post Stalin Succession Struggle. (Image, Stalin at the Tehran Conference, 1943)

  • January 29, 1941

    Notes from the Meeting between Comrade Stalin and Economists Concerning Questions in Political Economy, 29 January 1941

    Notes from L.A. Leont’ev's January 1941 meeting with Stalin, regarding drafts of two commissioned textbooks on political economy. Stalin gives his views on "planning", "wages", "fascism", and other issues.

  • January 22, 1944

    Stalin’s Conversation with Choibalsan

    Conversations between Joseph Stalin and Khorloogiin Choibalsan about Mongolia and efforts to defend against possible Chinese attacks during World War II.

  • February 02, 1944

    Memorandum of Conversation Held in the Kremlin, February 2, 1944, at 6 p.m.

    W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss the United States using Soviet Air Bases on the Pacific coast and the Soviets entering the Pacific fight.

  • February 02, 1944

    Telegram re Stalin Harriman Conversation on Japanese Troops

    W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss Soviet intelligence about Japanese troop movements.

  • February 02, 1944

    Memorandum of Conversation re Stalin Harriman Coversation

    A conversation between W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin about the prospects of working with the Polish government during World War II.

  • February 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Outgoing Navy Cable - Moscow, February 3, 1944

    W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss information the Russian have gathered from Japanese sources about future Japanese plans and troop movements during World War II.

  • February 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy's Telegram No. 361, February 3, to the Department of State

    Clark Kerr and Joseph Stalin discuss issues with the Polish government and the future of Poland after World War II.

  • February 29, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy’s Telegram No. 673 of February 29, 1944, to the Department of State.

    Ambassador Harriman's telegram about a conversation Joseph Stalin and Clark Kerr had about issues with the Polish government in London and the future of the Polish government post war.

  • February 29, 1944

    Message Received from British Ambassador

    Joseph Stalin and British Ambassador, Clark Kerr, discuss the future of the Polish government and Stalin's feeling about the Polish government in London.

  • March 01, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy’s telegram No. 688, March 1, 1944, to the Department of State

    W. Averell Harriman's telegram recounting Clark Kerr's summary of his conversation with Joseph Stalin discussing the future of the Polish govenment.

  • March 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Outgoing Navy Cable – Moscow, March 3, 1944.

    Ambassador Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss future military movements in the Far East and Soviet intelligence about Japanese military plans.

  • March 03, 1944

    Stalin and Harriman Discuss Air Power and the Japanese

    Ambassador Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss Far East Air Power and intelligence about Japanese military movements.

  • March 03, 1944

    Paraphrase of Embassy's telegram No. 716, March 3, 1944, to the Department of State

    Joseph Stalin and Ambassador Harriman discuss Stalin's views on Poland.

  • March 03, 1944

    Stalin’s conversation with Averell Harriman about the Polish Government

    Ambassador Averell Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss the questions concerning the future of the Polish government.

  • March 03, 1944

    Stalin and Harriman Discuss Poland

    Ambassador Harriman and Stalin discuss the "Polish Question".

  • March 16, 1944

    Dinner Given by Marshal J.V. Stalin in Honour of the Command of the Polish Army

    Joseph Stalin holds a dinner in honor of Polish troops with prominent members of the Polish and Soviet military as well as Soviet state officials.

  • April 11, 1944

    Stalin Holds Dinner for Yugoslavian Leaders

    Josip Tito, Milovan Djilas, and Joseph Stalin meet and dicuss currently events and theorize about post-war Europe.

  • April 28, 1944

    Statement by Rev. Stanislaw Orlemanski at a Press Conference

    Rev. Stanislaw Orlemanski holds a press conference to describe his trip to the Soviet Union and discuss the Polish question with Joseph Stalin.

  • April 28, 1944

    Record of a Conversation between I. V. Stalin and the Roman Catholic Priest Stanislaus Orlemanski about the Feelings of the Polish Nationals in the United States toward the USSR

    Stalin and Stanislaus Orlemanski, an American priest of Polish-American heritage, discuss America's perception of the Soviet Union, and the relationship between Poland and the Soviet Union.

  • May 15, 1944

    Memorandum of Conversations with the Rev. Stanislaus Orlemanski at Springfield, Massachusetts

    Dewitt C. Poole summarizes the trip Father Orlemanski to the Soviet Union and his conversations with Joseph Stalin.