History

History: Suez 1956

The decline of British imperialism and rise of the colonial revolution.
Sixty years ago Egyptian president Colonel Nasser’s proclamation of the nationalisation of the Suez Canal was an electrifying rallying call for the country’s working class and poor and throughout the Middle East. Britain’s Tory government, along with France and Israel, attempted to seize back control of this strategic asset militarily. However, as Niall Mulholland explains, this only exposed British imperialism’s rapidly declining economic and political power and accelerated social revolutions in the neo-colonial world.

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