Cold War

Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964

Concentrating on the years 1953–64, this history describes how North Korea became more despotic even as other Communist countries underwent de-Stalinization. The author's principal new source is the Hungarian diplomatic archives, which contain extensive reporting on Kim Il Sung and North Korea, thoroughly informed by research on the period in the Soviet and Eastern European archives and by recently published scholarship.

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963

Based on extensive research in the Russian archives, this book examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.

Romania and the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1989

A CWIHP Document Reader compiled for the International Conference "Romania and the Warsaw Pact," 3-6 October 2002, Bucharest, Romania.

Economic Cold War: America's Embargo against China and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1949-1963

Why would one country impose economic sanctions against another in pursuit of foreign policy objectives? How effective is the use of economic weapons in attaining such objectives? To answer these questions, the author examines how and why the United States and its allies instituted economic sanctions against the People’s Republic of China in the 1950s, and how the embargo affected Chinese domestic policy and the Sino-Soviet alliance.

Offsite Conference: Stalin and the Cold War, 1945-1953

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Stalin and the Cold War, 1945-1953
September 23-26, 1999
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Offsite Conference: New Sources and Findings on Cold War International History

July 12
Problems and Opportunities in Using Communist Archives
Jim Hershberg
Vladislav Zubok
Harry Harding

Section I: The Origins of Soviet-American Rivalry and the Cold War in Europe and the Near East
July 13

Roots of Confrontation: The World War II Experience and the Cold War
Vladislav Zubok
Warren Kimball

The Division of Central Europe and Cold War Origins
Vladislav Zubok
Vojtech Mastny

Stalin and the Cold War, 1945-1953

A CWIHP Document Reader complied for the international conference, "Stalin and the Cold War, 1945-1953," Yale University, 23-26 September 1999.

Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance 1945-1963

This volume brings together young scholars from China, Russia, the United States, and Western Europe who, drawing on much newly available documentation, analyze the complicated and often stormy history of the Sino-Soviet relationship from World War II to the 1960s. The book offers new insights and many revaluations of the various apsects of the alliance between China and the Soviet Union—its creation, aims and instruments, its strains and conflicts, and its final collapse.

American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account of U.S. Policy in Europe, 1989-1992

As director for European affairs at the National Security Council from 1989 to 1992, Robert Hutchings was at the heart of U.S. policymaking toward Europe and the Soviet Union during the dizzyingly fast dissolution of the Soviet bloc. American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War presents an insider's report on and analysis of U.S. performance during a crucial turn of world history.

Maxim M. Litvinov and Soviet-American Relations, 1918-1946 (1996)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #263, 1996. PDF 15 pages.

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