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Origins of the Suez Crisis


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Laron's research really is a multilingual tour de force. -- Douglas Little, Clark University

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: From the BRICs to Suez1. Why Do They Hate Us? The British, the Effendia, and the Collapse of a Once-Reliable Colonial Machine, 1945-19522. Nasser as the Wave of the Future: The Inevitable Alliance between American Internationalists and Egyptian Officers, 1952-19543. Soviet Trade Offensive, Afro-Asian Divisions, and Internationalist Woes: From Stalin's Death to the Bandung Conference, 1953-19554. The Mirror Strategy in Action: The Use and Abuse of the Soviet Economic Offensive in the Third World during 19555. Killing the Aswan Dam: From Nasser's Populist Turn to Dulles's Brilliant Chess Move, September 1955-July 19566. The Rise and Demise of the Third Bloc Movement during the Suez Crisis, July-November 19567. Conclusion: The Economic Cold War in the Middle East, 1945-19568. Postscript: From Suez to the BRICsNotesIndex

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Guy Laron is a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Scholars of political economy, U.S. foreign relations, Middle East history, and international relations will find much food for thought here, as well as clear proof of the value of the new Cold War history's efforts to see the post-World War II period as more than merely the East-West struggle. -- Mary Ann Heiss * H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews *
It is a brave researcher who undertakes to re-examine a well-known story... Guy Laron sees potential for reinterpretation, casting his works as part of a strain of 'New Cold War History' that emphasises the viewpoints of smaller regional actors and economic factors in motivating diplomacy... Scholars of the early Cold War, development diplomacy, and the history of the Modern Middle East will find thought-provoking ideas in this text. -- James Stocker * Cold War History *
Laron brings to the crisis an deft hand and a careful eye for detail. -- Ray Takeyh * Survival *
In sum, Laron has produced a lively study... his work is to be commended. -- Simon Smith * American Historical Review *
Guy Laron offers a refreshing interpretation of the dramatic events of 1956 in his highly revealing Origins of the Suez Crisis: Postwar Development Diplomacy and the Struggle over Third World Industrialization, 1945-1956. Drawing on a rich collection of documentation from Israeli, British, Russian, U.S., Czech, and Indian archives, as well as Arabic source material, Laron moves beyond the U.S. and British narratives and instead roots the Suez Crisis in post-war debates about Third World industrialization and globalization... Laron offers as close to an international history as we may get on the Suez Crisis and his use of 'industrialization' as a model will challenge historians to use his lends to examine several other Cold War and Middle Eastern crises. -- Craig Daigle * H-Diplo Roundtable Review *
Guy Laron's study of the origins of the Suez crisis is interesting, original, and based on an impressive variety of sources in multiple languages. Laron's most important contribution is to underscore the importance of economic factors in the global competition between the Soviet Union and the United States for power, legitimacy, and resources. -- Jesse Ferris * H-Diplo *
Guy Laron's Origins of the Suez Crisis: Postwar Development Diplomacy and the Struggle over Third World Industrialization, 1945-1956 makes a compelling case... Laron adopts a gaze both long and wide, expanding the story of Suez in time as well as space in what are ultimately mutually reinforcing ways and making excellent use of political science's sectoral conflict theory that considers foreign policy decisions as products of competing domestic societal pressures. -- Mary Ann Heiss * H-Diplo *
Guy Laron's new book Origins of the Suez Crisis is remarkable both for its extraordinary array of archival sources and for its wide-ranging argument and analysis... We can hope that in the future, Laron will continue to explore the international history of the Middle East and will provide even more insights into the Israeli side of the story. -- Victor McFarland * H-Diplo *

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