3. Suez Crisis

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Suez Crisis


  • Vital route to the Middle and Far East.
  • Britain and France bought shares, but Britain soon took full control.
  • 1936: Agreement between Britain and Egypt that Britain would maintain forces in the region for 20 years.


  • 1952: Military coup in Egypt, Nasser becomes president and wanted to remove British influence from Egypt and rebuild Egypt's economy.
  • 1954: Anglo-Egyptian agreement, Britain agree to withdraw troops from Suez, but insist that it the canal was ever invaded by a foreign power, they would reoccupy.
  • Eden was alarmed at Nasser's rise to power


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