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Suez Crisis Gcse Coursework Essay

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What can you learn from Source A about Anthony Eden's reasons for opposing Colonel Nasser?Eden is opposing Nasser, as it is in Britain's interest to remove him from power. He hopes to gain the support of the British population so as not to loose popularity.Eden is opposing Nasser as he nationalised the Canal for "his own ends" not for Egypt. He also has not used the pretence of seizing it for the benefit of Egypt. The nationalisation of the canal will affect every one in Britain, as there will be an oil shortage so machinery and transport will shut down. Eden addresses this by referring, in his broadcast to the population using "us" and "we", not to I, showing it is not only his problem but ...view middle of the document...

With source C the cartoon is somebody's opinion so it is not as accurate as the photo although as it is probably going to be published in a newspaper it is probably going to be a pretty accepted opinion as the newspaper will not want to be publishing extremist views.Both of the sources do not tell us whom they are by or where they are from so they could both be a form of propaganda ordered by Nasser to increase his support. Source A is also a photograph which only show the opinions of the population on one day and the cartoon is even more specific as it only gives peoples opinions directly after Nasser has successfully nationalised the Suez Canal. People views may have changed and the sources do not tell us this.Did public opinion in Britain support Eden's decision to take "military action against Egypt"? Explain you answer using the sources and your own knowledge.The public opinion in Britain over Eden's decision to take military action against Egypt was divided. The photograph in source E shows people against the use of military force against Egypt. However this is a demonstration that was carried out in London at the time of the crisis and it will only show the people who are against the war. There is not a balanced view and this source is one sided. There is also the problem that Eden is a Tory and the labour supporters may be against the war for this reason not because they want a peaceful solution. This probably not the case as the Daily mirror which is a traditionally labour paper are supporting Eden's actions in source D.The daily mirror has a negative opinion of Nasser and as a result is inferring the support of Eden and his plans for military action. This however is a newspapers point of view and although It may reflect the public point of vie it may also be trying to direct the public opinion and try to gain support for Eden as a from of propaganda. This is shown when in source F a reader of the daily mirror has written to the newspaper complaining about their assumptions of Nasser.This however as with source E is only one persons opinion and may not reflect the opinion of the entire public. Although his person supports Nasser and says that Eden's threat of military force against Egypt is immoral it does not mean that this view is supported by the people of Britain.Opinion on the subject was divided with some areas of the country in support of Eden and others against. The international community however was against the British decision to use force against Nasser and so the British people may also be against it as the rest of the world has rejected the decision. The labour party, which had initially supported Eden gradually, began to swap sides and began urging caution and a compromise through the UN.Opinion in Britain was divided and the populations views changed throughout the crisis meaning that there were periods of support and periods of rejection.Does source G support Selwyn Lloyd's statement (source H) about Britain's motives...

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