Britain and Suez: The Lion's Last Roar

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Scott Lucas
Manchester University Press, 1996 - Egypt - 139 pages
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The Suez War in 1956 marked the end of the British Empire, with the government of Anthony Eden forced into a ceasefire as it tried to seize the Suez Canal and overthrow the Egyptian government. Historians since have tried to understand the causes of the war and the reasons for British failure.
 

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Contents

The telling of the tale
1
Background
7
Seeds of conflict
11
Turning against Nasser
22
The influence of personality
32
The OMEGA discussions
38
The stakes are raised
43
The dance of diplomacy
49
Force resurrected
75
From collusion to war
82
Anatomy of a failure
89
The downfall of Anthony Eden and the revival of the AngloAmerican alliance
102
Conclusion
113
Guide to further reading
118
Bibliography
131
Index
136

On the brink?
60
Force dismissed
71

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About the author (1996)

Scott Lucas is Head of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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