Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title Decline Of Great Britain's Prestige Resulting From The Suez Issue of 1956
Author(s) McDonald, Gordon C.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1957
Digital Origin reformatted digital
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Keyword(s) Geology
Abstract Despite a constant reduction in her strength since the early years of the century, Great Britain had until 1956 retained a prestige which had given her great influence in international affairs. During 1956, however, Premier Nasser of Egypt flaunted Britain by nationalising the Suez Canal, which, although located within Egypt and owned by a nominally private company, was considered to be one of Britain's vital interests, Britain demanded as a minimum basis of agreement that the Canal be placed under international control. The United Nations did not support Britain's stand. After four months of fruitless negotiation, Britain and France attacked Egypt a few days after Israel launched an attack upon Egypt's forces in the Sinai Peninsula, The United States, Russia and an overwhelming majority of the United Nations then brought their collective power to bear upon Britain and France forcing them to halt their forces before achieving control of the Suez Canal. Having attacked despite almost universal opposition, and then succumbed to pressure without achieving her objective, Britain suffered a serious loss of prestige, America, Russia, the Arab nations, and many other nations joined in censure of Britain, The miscalculations of Britain's government, led by Mr. Anthony Eden, resulted in serious economic as well as political losses.
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