CWIHP e-Dossier Series

Cold War International History Project “e-Dossiers” present new and important accessions to the CWIHP Digital Archive. New documents are added to the Digital Archive and introduced by leading scholars of Cold War history, who provide background and context for this new archival evidence. The views expressed in these introductions are the authors’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Cold War International History Project. The e-Dossier series is made possible by generous support from the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Issues in this Series

Sino-West German Relations during the Mao Era

Bernd Schaefer
Bernd Schaefer introduces newly translated documents from West German archives to explore the convergence of interests between Mao Zedong's China and politicians in West Germany in the 1970s.

Negotiating Sino-Italian Normalization, 1968-1970

Enrico Fardella
Enrico Fardella introduces Italian Foreign Ministry documents which provide an inside view of the Sino-Italian negotiations for diplomatic recognition in 1969 and 1970, and the influence of structural changes in the Cold War system on that process.

Cheddi Jagan and Guyanese Overtures to the East: Evidence from the Czech National Archives

Jan Koura and Robert Waters
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 54, authors Jan Koura and Robert Waters examine relations between the Soviet Bloc and the former British South American colony British Guiana (Guyana) using new evidence from the Czech National Archives.

A “Diplomatic Nuclear Explosion”? Sino-French Relations in the 1960s

Garret Martin
When France and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations in January 1964, observers called the event a “diplomatic nuclear explosion," but the high hopes entertained for Sino-French relations never quite materialized, undermined by China and France’s conflicting goals toward the Vietnam War and the turmoil associated with the Cultural Revolution.

Caught in the Split: Chinese Students in the Soviet Union, 1960-1965

Lan You and Charles Kraus
After the ideological contradictions between China and the Soviet Union were made public in 1960, the circumstances under which Chinese students were sent to the Soviet Union became increasingly complex. Newly translated Chinese Foreign Ministry Documents reveal the fallout from the March 1965 protests staged by Chinese and Vietnamese students in Moscow.

Stasi Aid and the Modernization of the Vietnamese Secret Police

Martin Grossheim
Martin Grossheim tells the little-known story of East German assistance in modernizing North Vietnam’s security apparatus from the beginning of the Vietnam War in 1965 to the end of the Cold War in 1989.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Documents on Hungary, 1956

Péter Vámos
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 50, Péter Vámos addresses the controversy over the Chinese role in the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. Using documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive in Beijing, Vámos argues that the official Chinese position was a distortion of actual events.

Reassessing China-Myanmar Relations during the Cold War

Hongwei Fan and Charles Kraus
Drawing on documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive in Beijing, the Guangdong Provincial Archives, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Archives, Hongwei Fan reveals that China-Myanmar relations were testier than ever publicly acknowledged, and both sides harbored reservations toward one another throughout the Cold War.

China and Japan, Always at Odds?

Charles Kraus, Sergey Radchenko, and Yutaka Kanda
In 1984, China and Japan maintained a pragmatic and cooperative diplomatic partnership. Charles Kraus, Sergey Radchenko, and Yutaka Kanda assess this "honeymoon" period in Sino-Japanese relations through nineteen newly available Japanese documents, and comment on what it can tell us about the animosity between China and Japan today.

Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Mark Kramer
In 1954 the Soviet Union transferred control of Crimea to Soviet Ukraine. Mark Kramer (Harvard) explains the reasons behind this surprising decision, one which has come back to haunt Ukraine today with tragic consequences.

Central Europeans and the Sino-Soviet Split: The “Great Friendship” as International History

Austin Jersild
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of thirteen new documents on Sino-Soviet relations translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 46, Austin Jersild discusses tensions between Chinese and Central European officials over the misbehavior and incompetence of Soviet advisers in China.

Seeking Truth from Facts: Deng Xiaoping's Visit to France in 1975

Martin Albers
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of 4 new documents translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 45, Martin Albers discusses Deng Xiaoping's 1975 visit to France - the first major Western country to fully recognize the People's Republic of China - and the trip's importance to Deng's future economic policy in China.

Visions of Freedom: New Documents from the Closed Cuban Archives

Piero Gleijeses
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of over 160 new documents from closed Cuban archives in CWIHP e-Dossier No. 44. Obtained by Piero Gleijeses and released for the first time on the Digital Archive, the documents show Havana's policy toward Southern Africa in the final fifteen years of the Cold War.

Sharing the Bomb among Friends: The Dilemmas of Sino-Soviet Strategic Cooperation

Austin Jersild
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of four new documents on Sino-Soviet nuclear cooperation translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 43, Austin Jersild introduces the documents, which illustrate the difficulties of Sino-Soviet military cooperation at the lower levels of exchange and collaboration.

Divided Loyalties Within the Bloc: Romanian Objection to Soviet Informal Controls, 1963-1964

Larry Watts
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of six new documents translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 42, Larry L. Watts describes Romanian efforts to dismantle Soviet espionage networks and remove active intelligence agents from the country, including the Soviet wives of high-level Romanian officers.

Privilege and Inequality: Cultural Exchange and the Sino-Soviet Alliance

Austin Jersild
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of eight new documents to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 41, Austin Jersild introduces the collection of Russian documents which show the intense cultural tensions and conflicts that undermined the Sino-Soviet relationship.

The Malta Summit and US-Soviet Relations: Testing the Waters Amidst Stormy Seas

Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of the most complete American copy of the Malta Summit transcript available to researchers. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 40, Joshua Shifrinson compares the US and Soviet records to provide a fresh reinterpretation of the outcome of this pivotal meeting between Gorbachev and Bush.

Poland and Romania: The Loyal Republic and the Maverick

Adam Burakowski
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of fourteen new documents translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 39, Adam Burakowski introduces this collection drawn from the Archives of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs focused on Poland's troubled relations with Romania. The documents show that interactions within the Soviet Bloc were much more complicated than many analysts have assumed.

Romania Security Policy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Larry Watts
CWIHP is pleased to announce the release of ten new documents translated into English for the first time. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 38, Larry L. Watts introduces the documents and explains how the Cuban Missile Crisis was critical in reorienting Romanian foreign and security policies in a manner that caused significant shifts in the nature of the Cold War regionally and globally.

KGB/Stasi Cooperation

Walter Süß and Douglas Selvage
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of 9 new document to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 37, released in cooperation with the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records, the new translations feature meetings between the highest levels of the Stasi and the KGB.

Viet Minh Seeks Support from Soviets

Sophie Quinn-Judge
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new document to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 36, introduced by Sophie Quinn-Judge, the newly released Soviet document records an unusual 1947 meeting in Switzerland with an emissary of the Viet Minh government.

Robert Mugabe and Todor Zhivkov

Sue Onslow
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new document to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 35, introduced by Sue Onslow, the newly released document is a 1979 conversation between the future President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, and communist leader of Bulgaria, Todor Zhivkov.

Three Days in “Auschwitz without Gas Chambers”: Henry A. Wallace's Visit to Magadan in 1944

Vadim J. Birstein
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of new documents to its online Digital Archive with an introduction by Vadim Birstein, biologist and historian. In CWIHP e-Dossier no. 34, newly translated documents reveal the Soviet perspective on Vice President Henry A. Wallace's 1944 trip to the Soviet Far East.

North Vietnam's "Talk-Fight" Strategy and the 1968 Peace Negotiations with the United States

Merle Pribbenow
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of 13 new documents to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 33, the newly translated documents reveal the Vietnamese Communist Party's "Talk-Fight" negotiation strategy, first described by First Secretary Le Duan in a 1965 speech and put into action during initial 1968 peace talks.

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

A. Ross Johnson
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition a new document collection to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 32 contains newly-declassified US government documents obtained by A. Ross Johnson for his book 'Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: The CIA Years and Beyond.' UPDATE - 6 new documents added December 2012.

Secret Soviet-Israeli Negotiations on the Eve of the Yom-Kippur War

Guy Laron
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new document to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 31 contains a secret 1973 conversation between Mordechai Gazit, General Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, and Soviet journalist Victor Louis.

Treatment of American POWs in North Vietnam

Merle Pribbenow
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new document to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 30 contains a 1969 North Vietnam Communist Party resolution containing detailed instructions for improving the treatment and living conditions of American prisoners of war.
Romanian leader Nicolae Ceauşescu (center left) & Leonid Brezhnev (center right)

The Soviet-Romanian Clash over History, Identity and Dominion

Larry Watts
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of seven new documents to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 29 sheds new light on Soviet-Romanian relations and conflict during the late 1970s.

Vietnam Trained Commando Forces in Southeast Asia and Latin America

Merle Pribbenow
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of two new documents to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 28 contains new evidence of Vietnam’s covert training of revolutionary commando forces in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Molotov's Proposal that the USSR Join NATO, March 1954

Geoffrey Roberts
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new document to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 27 contains a 1954 proposal by Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov, in which he proposed that the USSR Join NATO.

Soviet Policy in Indonesia during the “Liberal Democracy” Period, 1950-1959

Larisa M. Efimova
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of new documents to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 26 contains nine documents – reports by the Soviet ambassadors to Indonesia – which provide new archival evidence of Soviet policy and activities in Southeast Asia in the 1950s.

Vietnam Covertly Supplied Weapons to Revolutionaries in Algeria and Latin America

Merle Pribbenow
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of new documents to its online Digital Archive. CWIHP e-Dossier No. 25 provides new evidence of Vietnam’s covert provision of weapons to revolutionaries in Algeria and Latin America.

The Beginning of the End for Détente: The Warsaw Pact Political Consultative Committee

Mircea Munteanu
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of a new documents to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 24, Mircea Munteanu analyzes new archival evidence on the Warsaw Pact's internal relations and military policy – meeting notes taken by Romanian Ambassador Vasile Sandru at a 1978 session of the Political Consultative Committee.

New Evidence on the Building of the Berlin Wall

Hope M. Harrison
CWIHP is pleased to announce the addition of new documents to its online Digital Archive. In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 23, Hope M. Harrision (George Washington University) analyzes new archival evidence on the building of the Berlin Wall – the notes of an August 1, 1961 meeting between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and East German leader Walter Ulbricht.

Introduction to the Willy Brandt Document Collection

Bernd Rother
The 22 documents made available in CWIHP e-Dossier No. 22 are a small sample from the 10 volumes of Willy Brandt's selected works published between 2002 and 2009 as "Berliner Ausgabe."

"A mass psychotic movement washing over the country like a wave": NATO's Dual-Track Decision

Ruud van Dijk
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 21 contains sixteen new Documents on the Euromissiles Crisis from Dutch Archives

Roundtable Discussion on Warsaw Pact Exercises SOYUZ-75 and SHCHIT-88

Oliver Bange, A. Ross Johnson, Mark Kramer, and Siegfried Lautsch
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 20 contains expert analyses of newly available documentation on Warsaw Pact military exercises SOYUZ-75 and SHCHIT-88.

Khrushchev at his Most Khrushchevian

William Taubman
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 18 contains a collection of translated documents originally published in the journal Istochnik, Dokumenti Ruskoi Istorii, 2003, No. 6; prepared with financial support from CWIHP.

Negotiating One's Own Demise? The GDR's Foreign Ministry and the CSCE Negotiations

Oliver Bange and Stephan Kieninger
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 17 contains documents from the German Democratic Republic Foreign Ministry archives describing East Berlin's perceptions of the negotiations leading up to the Helsinki Final Act.

Malenkov on the German Question, 2 June 1953

Geoffrey Roberts
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 15

The History of North Korean Attitudes toward Nuclear Weapons

Sergey Radchenko
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 14 contains documents from the Archive of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation and the Hungarian State Archive, recently obtained and translated by the Korea Initiative of the Cold War International History Project.

The Soviet Bloc and the Aftermath of the June 1967 War

James G. Hershberg
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 13

China and the Warsaw Pact in the 1970-1980s

Bernd Schaefer, Mihail Ionescu, and Oldrich Tuma
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 12

Was Oppenheimer a Soviet Spy? A Roundtable Discussion

Jerrold Schecter , Leona Schecter, Gregg Herken, and Hayden Peake
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 11

Poland and the Sino-Soviet Rift, 1963-1965

Douglas Selvage
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 10

East German Spying Reveals NATO War Plans

Bernd Schaefer
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 9

Operation Manuel: Czechoslovakia and Cuba

Daniela Spenser
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 7

New Evidence on Romania and the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1989

Dennis Deletant
CWIHP e-Dossier No. 6

New Evidence on the 1989 Crisis in Romania

Mircea Munteanu
In CWIHP e-Dossier No. 5, translated Romanian documents shed new light on the December 1989 toppling and execution of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

e-Dossier No. 3

This e-Dossier contained selected documents on the Vietnam War from CWIHP Bulletin 12/13, Part 2, "New Evidence on the Cold War in Asia." It is available for download on the Bulletin section of the Publications page.

e-Dossier No. 2

This e-Dossier contained selected documents from CWIHP Bulletin 12/13. It is available for download on the Bulletin section of the Publications page.

e-Dossier No. 1

This e-Dossier contained selected documents from CWIHP Bulletin 11, Part 4, "New Evidence on the Korean War." It is available for download on the Bulletin section of the Publications page.

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project