The Suez Crisis of 1956

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Key learning aims:
By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • Explain the causes, events and results of the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Key themes, concepts and processes:

  • Nasser’s motives for nationalization of Suez Canal
  • British, French and Israeli motives
  • Joint British, French, Israeli attack
  • US attitude toward the crisis
  • UN action
  • Results of Suez Crisis



      1. See the video and exercise on BBC bitesize
      2. Use the Edexcel textbook to explain:
        • Nasr’s aims for Egypt
        • Nasr’s reasons for seizing Suez
        • Why Britain and France’s sent forces to reclaim it
        • Why Britain and France eventually withdrew
        • The results of Suez for:
          • France and Britain
          • Isreal
          • The Middle East
        • Complete questions a and b in the Edexcel e-textbook, p. 27
      3. Create a storyboard/cartoon: of the key events of the Suez crisis
      4. Individual task: Produce a flow chart showing the causes, events and results of the Suez Crisis.

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