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Digital Archive International History Declassified


Collections contain selected sets of historical documents related to a specific topic, region, or event.

  • Post-Stalin Succession Struggle

    Stalin's successors jockeyed for control of the Soviet Union following his death on 1 March 1953.

  • Project RYaN

    The KGB operated a worldwide intelligence network to monitor indicators and assess the likelihood of a surprise nuclear missile attack.

  • Purges in 1950s China

    Political purges were a common phenomenon in 1950s China. This collection focuses on the so-called Gao Gang and Rao Shushi Affair.

  • Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    Declassified US government documents on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

  • Rapacki Plan

    On October 2, 1957, Polish Foreign Minister Adam Rapacki proposed the denuclearization of Central Europe.

  • Reform and Opening in China, 1978-

    China's policy of reform and opening, launched by Deng Xiaoping, transformed its economy, the end of the Cold War, and the world.

  • Repatriation to North Korea

    Koreans in China, Japan, and elsewhere returned or were repatriated to North Korea throughout the Cold War.

  • Ryszard Kukliński Collection

    Ryszard Kukliski was a Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO who passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents to the CIA between 1972 and 1981

  • Saddam Hussein's Iraq

    Records from Saddam Hussein’s regime released by the Conflict Records Research Center.

  • Sino-American Confrontation, 1949-1971

    The People's Republic of China and the United States squared off against one another from 1949 through 1971.

  • Sino-American Cooperation, 1972-1989

    After 1972 and until Tian'anmen, China and the United States China cooperated in resolving a range of global issues and problems. 

  • Sino-French Normalization, 1964

    On 27 January 1964, France and the People’s Republic of China officially established diplomatic relations.

  • Sino-Indian Border War, 1962

    China and India fought a brief but consequential war in late 1962 over disputed territories in the Himalayas.

  • Sino-Japanese Normalization, 1972

    A collection exploring the normalization of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and Japan in 1972.

  • Sino-Japanese Relations

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

  • Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1950-1959

    In 1950, Mao Zedong "leaned to one side" and forged an alliance between China and the Soviet Union.

  • Sino-Soviet Border Conflict, 1969

    The Sino-Soviet Border Conflict of 1969 escalated the split into a direct and deadly armed clash.

  • Sino-Soviet Rapprochement, 1985-1989

    At the tail end of the Cold War, there were many international attempts to foster rapprochement between China and the Soviet Union.