Suez Crisis GCSE Coursework

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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 also the populations. Nasser launched a vicious propaganda campaign against Eden and now Eden is responding with his own. He uses poignant language and vocabulary to turn the country against Nasser.

He refers to him as the new Hitler and with the war still fresh in people's minds another Hitler like figure in power will be hated. So Eden has effectively turned Nasser into someone to be hated.

How useful are these two sources as evidence of Egyptian public opinion during the Suez Crisis?

Both of the two sources seem to show that the Egyptian publics support Nasser as in the first one they are cheering as he appears in public and the second the cartoon shows Eden making a fool of himself having been outwitted by Nasser as if Britain do nothing Nasser keeps the canal and if Britain attack Egypt then Eden will be committing political suicide.

However when you start to analyse the two sources they do not show as certain a picture as it first...