Researching the Global Cold War in South Africa’s Archives

Archives in Pretoria and Bloemfontein offer opportunities for researchers of nuclear and Cold War history.

South Africa is the only state to develop and later renounce nuclear weapons. Yet many questions about the scope of the program and the decisions that lead to its termination between 1989-90 remain. As access to archives and primary sources expands, the South African case deserves renewed attention.

Treasures Unseen: The Opening of Nehru’s Post-47 Papers

A trove of invaluable evidence on decolonization and the global Cold War from India’s leading statesmen

North Korea and the East German Stasi, 1987-1989

The archives of the East German Stasi feature revelations about North Korea’s intelligence services and international relations at the end of the Cold War

Although the archives of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc have revealed much about North Korea’s foreign policies and the country’s domestic conditions, these sources tell us very little about North Korea’s international intelligence cooperation, its domestic intelligence services, or its military structures and practices.

Finding the Key to Middle Eastern Secrets in Prague

When the first flurries of snow started falling from the sky, I wanted to cry. Prague was already too cold for me. Being an Israeli, I was accustomed to mild winters. Nothing compared to the harsh, biting frost sweeping across the Czech capital. Every time I entered a restaurant I had only one request: polevka (soup). I hoped it would warm me somewhat. Why had cruel destiny placed me in Prague in November 2004?

“By All Feasible Means”

New Documents on the American Intervention in Italy’s Parliamentary Elections of 1948

Rethinking Cold War Burma

Burma sat at a major crossroads in the global Cold War. Today, its archives invite attention.

Few studies of the Cold War dwell on the Union of Burma. Even those attentive to the global dimensions of the Cold War tend to view Burma peripherally, as a lens to study late-colonial Britain or worse still, as a passive bystander to China’s reach into Southeast Asia.

Stasi Files on Trial

To understand Western security vetting during the Cold War, interrogate Stasi documents

The Cold War brought to West Germany millions of refugees and tens of thousands of spies.

Why International Histories Need More Canadian Sources

Library and Archives Canada offers new perspectives on the Euromissiles Crisis and much more.

For much of the period since 1945, multilateralism has been an “article of faith” of Canadian foreign policy. Canadians relished these international connections, participating in a wide range of multilateral organizations: the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, la Francophonie, the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States…the list went on.

A Latin Americanist Reads the Indian Archives

Reflections on the archives of the Ministry of External Affairs and area studies in India

Before 2011, the history of India’s foreign relations with South Asia and with other parts of the globe was largely based on public information (such as India’s domestic newspapers) and archival sources from outside of the subcontinent. Documents from the United States, Great Britain, and Russia filled many gaps in what we knew of India’s foreign relations during the Cold War.

Yugoslavia is Gone, But Its Archives Remain

The archives in Belgrade are an untapped source for Cold War history

The archives in the former Yugoslavia are one of the least utilized source bases for Cold War history. Quite undeservedly so, because the records of Yugoslavia’s multifaceted foreign policy provide a wealth of information about the Global Cold War.