HISTORICAL NOTE: Joking at the Summit

Lighthearted and even bawdy moments accompanied some of the most controversial decisions in the dubious peacemaking toward the end of World War II. Top-secret wartime papers made public this month by the British Foreign Office throw a new light on how Great Britain's Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin divided Europe during private talks in Moscow in October 1944.

Churchill was worried that the U.S. might be tempted to return Britain's crown colony of Hong Kong to China as a reward to the Chinese for their part in the struggle against Japan. Thus he wanted Stalin's support...

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