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1951-1964
Eden

What was the Suez Crisis in 1956?
Suez was important for Britain because it provided access to India and the
Middle East, a vast amount of British trade, especially oil, was dependent on the Suez
Canal. In July 1956, Nasser announces his intention to…

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What was the impact of the Suez Crisis?
Political

Eden resigned in January 1957, Nasser became an Arab war hero, and oil became
rationed all over Western Europe which led to the loss of international friends. In
November 1956, the USSR invade Hungary and strengthen communism,…

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respectively whereas the UKs only by 30%.
The commonwealth may have had more people but it did not have the purchasing
power of the EEC.

Why did the government's attitude change towards EEC
membership?
The performance of Britain's economy compared to that of the EEC countries…

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What was the Wind of Change, and is there any evidence for
this?
When: February 1960; Where: South Africa, What: referred to a deep sense of
nationalism sweeping though Africa. Unstoppable charge towards independence.
Macmillan was prepared to continue Attlee's policy of abandoning the empire.
The…

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1964-1979
Wilson

What was meant by the end of Britain's influence in the `East of
Suez'?
The East of Suez referred to UK's military and naval bases in the Middle East
and Asia. Wilson's government needed to save money and Denis Healey (Defence
Minister) aimed to…

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What happened?
Wilson made it clear to Smith that force was not to be used. He feared another
Suez, but force was one course of action that Smith genuinely feared.
In 1966: 3 Blacks were sentenced to hang, most likely to be innocent. Queen
Elizabeth II…

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lots of dogs on the island (holy animals) so they were put in containers and pumped with
carbon monoxide.
Every 15 years the lease is removed, many campaigns have been made, but every
PM since Wilson said `NO' to stopping the lease. The high court in…

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At the time of entry, Britain was classified as an advanced industrial economy.
This meant that it had to make higher contributions to the EEC budget than it
received in grants from Europe. By the early 1980s Britain was paying 20% of
the revenue raised by…

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1979- 1990
What was the significance of the Falklands War?
The invasion, April 1982
98% of the 2,000 islanders wanted to remain part of the UK. Given this fact,
Thatcher felt justified in saying to Argentina "sovereignty is not negotiable".
Withdrawal of the HMS Endurance, was…

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Was Thatcher Pro or anti- Europe?
Pro-Europe
Thatcher was enthusiastic about the Single European Market when it was
negotiated in 1985-1986. Channel tunnel project which was agreed in 1986, symbolic link
between Britain and France. In favour of expanding the EEC to include the new states…

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