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Suez: Britain's End of Empire in the Middle East

By Keith Kyle

Brand: I. B. Tauris
Released: 2011-02-15
Paperback (704 pages)

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On July 26, 1956, the British Empire received a blow from which it would never recover. On this day, Egypt's President Gamal Abdul Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal Company, one of the gems of Britain's imperial portfolio. It was to be a fateful day for Britain as a world power. Britain, France and Israel subsequently colluded in attacking Egypt, ostensibly -- in the case of Britain and France -- to protect the Suez Canal but in reality in an attempt to depose Nasser. The U.S. opposition to this scheme forced an ignominious withdrawal, leaving Nasser triumphant and marking a decisive end to Britain's imperial era.

In this, the seminal work on the Suez Crisis, Keith Kyle draws on a wealth of documentary evidence to tell this fascinating political, military and diplomatic story. Including new introductory material, this revised edition of a classic work will be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the twentieth century, military history and the end of empire.

Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War

By David A. Nichols

Simon & Schuster
Released: 2012-02-14
Paperback (368 pages)

Eisenhower 1956: The President s Year of Crisis--Suez and the Brink of War
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A gripping tale of international intrigue, betrayal, and personal drama during the darkest days of the Cold War, Eisenhower 1956 is the first major book to examine the event in thirty years.

Debunking most historians’ opinion that the Suez crisis was merely a minor incident linked to the end of colonial rule in Egypt, Eisenhower 1956—drawing on hundreds of newly declassified documents—makes clear that it was the most dangerous crisis of Eisenhower’s presidency. Eisenhower used economic threats to force his British, French, and Israeli allies to withdraw from Egypt and put U.S. military forces on alert to deter Soviet intervention in the Middle East. Current U.S. policy in the region dates to the Suez crisis, when we replaced Great Britain as the guarantor of stability.

Acclaimed Eisenhower expert David Nichols masterfully weaves great personal drama—Eisenhower’s two life-threatening illnesses—with simultaneous world crises (America’s closest allies invade Egypt while the Soviets invade Hungary) and the final days of the 1956 presidential election campaign into a white-knuckle read. 

Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary and the Crisis That Shook the World

By Alex Von Tunzelmann

Simon & Schuster Ltd
Paperback (480 pages)

Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary and the Crisis That Shook the World
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'This is proper history. It is illuminating to pick up this book with the twenty-first century's crises of Brexit and Iraq in mind.' Jeremy Bowen (BBC correspondent, and author of Six Days). Over sixteen extraordinary days in October and November 1956, the twin crises of Suez and Hungary pushed the world to the brink of a nuclear conflict and what many at the time were calling World War III. Blood and Sand is a revelatory new history of these dramatic events, for the first time setting both crises in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the treacherous power politics of imperialism and oil. Blood and Sandtells this story hour by hour, with a fascinating cast of characters including Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anthony Eden, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nikita Khrushchev, Christian Pineau, Imre Nagy and David Ben-Gurion. It is a tale of conspiracy and revolutions, spies and terrorists, kidnappings and assassination plots, the fall of the British Empire and the rise of American hegemony. Blood and Sand is essential to our understanding of the modern Middle East and resonates powerfully with the problems of oil control, religious fundamentalism and international unity that face the world today.

The Suez Crisis (War and Conflict in the Middle East)

By James W Fiscus

Rosen Pub Group
Library Binding (64 pages)

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Examines the history behind Egypt's push for control of the Suez Canal and the battle waged against Britain, France, and Israel, and includes biographical notes on leaders and a look at the effects of the crisis.

Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower's Campaign for Peace

By Alex von Tunzelmann

Harper Paperbacks
Released: 2017-10-10
Paperback (576 pages)

Blood and Sand: Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower s Campaign for Peace
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A lively, revelatory popular history that tells the story of both the Suez Crisis and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956—a tale of conspiracy and revolutions, spies and terrorists, kidnappings and assassination plots, the fall of the British Empire and the rise of American hegemony under the heroic leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower—which shaped the Middle East and Europe we know today.

The year 1956 was a turning point in history. Over sixteen extraordinary days in October and November of that year, the twin crises involving Suez and Hungary pushed the world to the brink of a nuclear conflict and what many at the time were calling World War III. Blood and Sand delivers this story in an hour-by-hour account through a fascinating international cast of characters: Anthony Eden, the British prime minister, caught in a trap of his own making; Gamal Abdel Nasser, the bold young populist leader of Egypt; David Ben-Gurion, the aging Zionist hero of Israel; Guy Mollet, the bellicose French prime minister; and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the American president, torn between an old world order and a new one in the very same week that his own fate as president was to be decided by the American people.

This is a revelatory history of these dramatic events and people, for the first time setting both crises in the context of the global Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the treacherous power politics of imperialism and oil. Blood and Sand resonates strikingly with the problems of oil control, religious fundamentalism, and international unity that face the world today, and is essential reading for anyone concerned with the state of the modern Middle East and Europe.

Blood and Sand includes 25-30 black-and-white photographs.

The Suez Crisis (Routledge Sources in History)

By Anthony Gorst

Routledge
Paperback (186 pages)

The Suez Crisis (Routledge Sources in History)
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This introduction to Suez covers the background to the crisis, the invasion, and its aftermath. The Suez-Crisis provides:
* key documents, as primary sources, incorporated in the text
* an extensive range of other source material, including images
* analysis of the significance of the sources discussed, and their usefulness as historical evidence
* commentary on the historical context of the crisis
* an analysis of the wider implications of the crisis, particularly for Britain

The Suez Crisis (Essential Histories: War and Conflict in Modern Times)

By Derek Varble

Rosen Pub Group
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Describes the events preceding and during the Sinai Campaign in 1956, detailing the battles, political negotiations, and consequences of the conflict.

The Suez Crisis 1956 (Essential Histories)

By Derek Varble

Osprey
Released: 2003-03-11
Paperback (96 pages)

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In July 1956 Egyptian President Gamal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, causing immediate concern to Britain and France. They already opposed Nasser and were worried at the threat to maritime traffic in the Canal. This book traces the course of subsequent events. Together with Israel, Britain and France hatched a plot to occupy the Canal Zone and overthrow Nasser. Israel attacked Sinai, and Britain and France launched offensives throughout Egypt, but strategic failures overshasdowed tactical success. Finally, Britain, France and Israel bowed to international pressure and withdrew, leaving the Suez Canal, and Egypt, firmly in the hands of President Nasser.

The Suez Crisis: The History of the Suez Canal’s Nationalization by Egypt and the War that Followed

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2018-03-24
Kindle Edition (53 pages)

The Suez Crisis: The History of the Suez Canal’s Nationalization by Egypt and the War that Followed
 
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*Includes pictures
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“Nobody was kept more completely in the dark than the President of the United States.” - Anthony Nutting, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

World War II changed the dynamics of colonization irrevocably. India was granted independence in 1947, and that set the tone for decolonization across the European imperial spectrum. But as it turned out, decolonization was preempted in Egypt by a military coup in 1952. On January 25, 1952, British forces in the Suez Canal region took aggressive action when it ordered a police post in Ismailia to surrender for alleged support of anti-British activities. When the commander of the police post refused and mounted defenses, the British attacked, killing approximately 40 and injuring 70 Egyptian policemen. Outrage spilled out onto the streets in the form of protests and riots, leading to violence, looting, and the burning down of foreign businesses in Cairo.

This coup, a minor revolutionary movement, had begun with the limited objective of overthrowing King Farouk, the incumbent ruler, but it became a far larger, anti-West, anti-imperialist and non-aligned nationalist movement. The country fell under the control of an armed forces council known as the Free Officers Movement, and the coup was initially led by Major General Mohammed Naguib, but it would bring about the rise of Nasser.

Naturally, Nasser’s disdain and distrust of the British and French was wholly reciprocated. The French were fighting insurgencies in Algeria and Morocco, which Nasser was openly supporting, while the British were attempting to adjust to its vastly reduced relevance in the post-war world. Faced with inevitable decolonization, the British government sensed that standing up to a belligerent bully like Nasser would be seen at home as defending Britain’s declining international significance.

On July 26, 1956, in a historic speech that stunned the world, Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal. By doing this, Nasser was not only emphasizing Egyptian independence and political might, but also creating another source of tax revenue for the country, which would ultimately be used for the Aswan High Dam project and other social and infrastructure projects. Though many of his advisors expressed their doubts with this abrupt maneuver to nationalize one of the most economically significant canals in the world, the Egyptian people were in full support of Nasser, whose popularity skyrocketed as a result.

Of course, Nasser’s sudden move was viewed as an abrupt slap against the countries with vested interests in the Suez Canal and the region at large. In October 1956, Britain, France, and Israel struck Egypt simultaneously – Israel from the ground, and Britain and French from the air – seizing key bases in the Sinai, and in one swift sweep, bombarding all the aircraft that Egypt had bought from the Soviets. Egypt hastily asked for aid from the Soviet Union, which pointedly refused. Aid ultimately came not from the Soviet Union, nor from neighboring Arab countries, but from the most unexpected country: the United States. Angered by the fact that the leader of the democratic bloc and Western alliance had not been forewarned about the coming aggression, and deeply affronted by the unilateralism of his European allies, President Dwight D. Eisenhower demanded that the three countries immediately halt their advance and withdraw their troops.

Britain, France, and Israel – just as surprised about the forcefulness of the U.S. as Egypt was – had no choice but to comply. Egypt emerged largely unscathed and maintained full control of the Suez Canal, though without the intervention of the U.S., it would have certainly been defeated. The Suez Crisis: The History of the Suez Canal’s Nationalization by Egypt and the War that Followed examines the tense events and the aftermath.

The Suez Crisis: Empire's End (Airframe Extra)

By Steve A Evans

Valiant Wings Publishing
Paperback (80 pages)

The Suez Crisis: Empire s End (Airframe Extra)
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Covers the historical background prior to the conflict and aerial operations by all sides from 28th October to the ceasefire on 7th November 1956.

  • Historical narrative by Steve A. Evans
  • Numerous period images
  • Colour profiles by Richard J Caruana
  • Specially commissioned kit builds:
    - 1/48th Meteor NF Mk 13 (Classic Airframes),
    - 1/48th N.A. P-51D (Hasegawa),
    - 1/48th Republic RF-84F Thunderstreak (Tan Model) by Steve A. Evans
    - 1/72nd Meteor F Mk 8 (Xtrakits),
    - 1/72nd Sea Hawk FGA Mk 6 (HobbyBoss),
    - 1/72nd Piper Cub (Kovozávody Prostejov) by Libor Jekl
    - 1/72nd Il-28 Beagle (Trumpeter) by Steve A. Evans

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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