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
- Edexcel, pp. 18-21: The origins of the Suez war of 1956; pp. 22-23: The Events of the Suez War of 1956.
- Hodder, pp. 21-27
- A good brief summary of key events is provided by the the BBC British History in depth pages (no longer updated unfortunately).
- Also worth a look, is this article by Nigel Ashton, author of Eisenhower, MacMillan and the Problem of Nasser (1996).
- See the video and exercise on BBC bitesize
- 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
- The Middle East
- Complete questions a and b in the Edexcel e-textbook, p. 27
- Create a storyboard/cartoon: of the key events of the Suez crisis
- Individual task: Produce a flow chart showing the causes, events and results of the Suez Crisis.
Of related interest
- Brief documentary about the Aswan dam – see the video from the History channel (interesting but perhaps of limited relevance)
- Newsreel footage about the US involvement in the Baghdad Pact from 1958