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Digital Archive International History Declassified


Collections contain selected sets of historical documents related to a specific topic, region, or event.

  • China-Eastern Europe Relations

    China's relations with Eastern and Central Europe from the Sino-Soviet alliance through the Sino-Soviet split and the end of the Cold War.

  • China-Europe Relations

    This collection charts China's relations with Europe, and as it moved from East to West throughout the course of the Cold War.

  • China-North Korea Relations

    Are Chinese-North Korean relations really "as close as lips to teeth"?

  • China-Southeast Asia Relations

    China was a major player in Cold War Southeast Asia, advocating for socialist revolutions and directly supporting independence struggles.

  • China-Western Europe Relations

    China's relations with countries in Western Europe from the early 1950s through the 1980s

  • China, 1989

    China faced citizen protests, demands for democracy, and infighting within the Chinese Communist Party at the end of the Cold War.

  • China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976

    A social experiment aimed at suppressing counterrevolutionaries and purifying the CCP, the Cultural Revolution created chaos across China.

  • China's Foreign Aid

    China was a major provider of foreign aid and developmental assistance during the Cold War and postcolonial eras.

  • China's Great Leap Forward, 1958-1961

    Ultimately a failed political campaign, the Great Leap Forward led to the deaths of millions of people across China.

  • Chinese Civil War, 1945-1950

    The Chinese Civil War (1945-1950) was a defining conflict for China, East Asia, and the world.

  • Chinese Nuclear History

    Although Mao Zedong said the "atom bomb is a paper tiger" in 1946, he nevertheless prioritized the development of a Chinese nuclear program.

  • Chinese Nuclear Testing

    Embassies of the People's Republic of China around the world tracked reactions to the PRC's nuclear tests in 1964 and 1965.

  • Cold War on Ice

    Documents on international hockey during the Cold War.

  • Cold War Origins

    This collection of primary source documents discusses international relations during World War II and the years shortly after.

  • Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe

    Origins of the international security group, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

  • Conversations with Kim Il Sung

    Kim Il Sung ruled North Korea from 1948 until his death in 1994.

  • Conversations with Mao Zedong

    Mao Zedong ruled China from 1949 until his death in 1976, and his influence on China's foreign policy during the Cold War was immense.

  • Conversations with Zhou Enlai

    Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.