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Suez Crisis 1956 End of Empire and the Reshaping of the Middle East David Charlwood
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military. 2019.
Era: Cold War.
Price: £14.99 / $26.95
At the end of the Second World War the major powers had quickly realigned themselves to face a new cold war threat. In the West stood the Allies: Britain, France and the USA, while facing them to the East was the USSR and Soviet Bloc. Great Britain’s status as a superpower was diminishing and old colonial territories, and protectorates, were seeking to realise their own independence and cut ties with their former European overlords.
On the surface each side projected a united front against their new foes, but differences in foreign policy and, to some extent, matters of national prestige would cause cracks in the polished veneer, causing knock on effects felt decades after. In 1956 the Hungarian Uprising and the Suez Crisis were two such pressure points.
Suez Crisis 1956 End of Empire and the Reshaping of the Middle East explores a most complex chapter of post-war modern history. What may now seem like mild coldwar sabre rattling had the ingredients to escalation into something quite serious. David Charlwood successfully unravels the history of the canal itself and the roadmap that lead to the conflict, stating the motivations and reluctances of the interested parties, which were Great Britain, France, Israel, Egypt, and of course the USA and USSR.
For the latter, the crisis presented an unwelcomed side distraction from their own internal problems. The US President was fighting a re-election campaign while the Russians were trying to quash the recent uprising in their puppet state of Hungary. The book also shows how international relations became strained and a sense of mistrust on the “special relationship” developed on both sides of the Atlantic. The quick pace and clear narrative really allows the reader to get to grips with trying to understand the crisis from various perspectives. Its contents have been condensed into just over 100 pages, not including the addition of a valuable Afterword, which puts the conflict into a modern context by examining it with the 2003 Iraq War.
Considering its subject matter, this 2019 edition is a compact size with a durable paperback cover. The cover graphics are to the point and attractive, while the insides are sprinkled with supporting imagery. The chapters have also been logically organised. Overall its format allows ease of reading and handling.
You may think that the Suez Crisis is a forgotten war from a bygone era? If so, then this book will challenge your opinion. It not only sheds light on the various sides of the conflict but also the behind the scenes wrangling and sentiments. Charlwood’s tone towards the British felt overly heavy at times but all in all the book is a well-balanced, highly interesting and valuable contribution to the reading list of any self-confessed student of history.