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By Jonathan Pearson

A reappraisal of Sir Anthony Eden's behavior of overseas kin throughout the Suez problem of 1956, This publication demanding situations prior assumptions and demonstrates that Eden was once no longer as bellicose as has been alleged. It strains his behavior of challenge administration, from July till his selection to exploit strength on 14 October, concentrating on the best Minister's character and affects. It information the confusion and failed makes an attempt at negotiation that at last culminated within the reluctant gamble.

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This reference to a ‘lasting settlement’ was particularly significant. Military intervention could not provide such a long-term solution because it would alienate Middle Eastern countries. In addition, it was unlikely that a ‘lasting settlement’ could be maintained without a military presence in the Canal Zone if the short-term settlement had been achieved by force. Eden knew that a military solution would require a large financial commitment which Britain 26 Sir Anthony Eden and the Suez Crisis could not afford.

One area of Eden’s life that has been the subject of much speculation but little understood was his illness. Historians have recognised that Eden was ill and that his health deteriorated after taking office in 1955. However, because of their own belief that he had already decided to use force in July, they see no relationship between the significant worsening of the Prime Minister’s health in October and his subsequent use of force. In addition, they do not recognise the seriousness of Eden’s decline, which left him requiring surgery on 6 October.

38 Then, after a statement to the House of Commons, he firmly set out his line of thinking to the Cabinet, before opening the floor to discussion. He stressed the importance of the Middle East, and in particular the Suez Canal, not merely to Britain but ‘the economic life of the Western Powers’. Of the seventy million tons of oil passing through the Canal, sixty million tons went to Western Europe, twothirds of the Western European oil supply. Once again, in determining the courses of action open to the Government, the Prime Minister began by stressing the need to ‘reach a common understanding .

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