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Origins of the Suez Crisis

, 280 pages
May 2013



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Origins of the Suez Crisis

Postwar Development Diplomacy and the Struggle over Third World Industrialization, 1945–1956

Origins of the Suez Crisis describes the long run-up to the 1956 Suez Crisis and the crisis itself by focusing on politics, economics, and foreign policy decisions in Egypt, Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Based on Arabic source material, as well as multilingual documents from Israeli, Soviet, Czech, American, Indian, and British archives, this is the first historical narrative to discuss the interaction among all of the players involved—rather than simply British and U.S. perspectives.

Guy Laron highlights the agency of smaller players and shows how they used Cold War rivalries to advance their own economic circumstances and, ultimately, their status in the global order. He argues that, for developing countries and the superpowers alike, more was at stake than U.S.-USSR one-upmanship; the question of Third World industrialization was seen as crucial to their economies.

Guy Laron is a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"Laron’s research really is a multilingual tour de force."

"Scholars of political economy, U.S. foreign relations, Middle East history, and international relations will find much food for thought here, as well as clear proof of the value of the new Cold War history's efforts to see the post-World War II period as more than merely the East-West struggle."

"It is a brave researcher who undertakes to re-examine a well-known story... Guy Laron sees potential for reinterpretation, casting his works as part of a strain of 'New Cold War History' that emphasises the viewpoints of smaller regional actors and economic factors in motivating diplomacy... Scholars of the early Cold War, development diplomacy, and the history of the Modern Middle East will find thought-provoking ideas in this text."

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