The 1956 Suez War and the New World Order in the Middle East

The 1956 Suez War and the New World Order in the Middle East : Exodus in Reverse

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The 1956 Suez War, fought between Egypt and the improbable coalition of Britain, France, and Israel, was a key point in the history of the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. A blitzkrieg-style Israeli victory proved that Israel's victory in the 1948 war was not an accident to be swiftly fixed by Arab armies, and gave the country eleven years of relative peace until the next major conflict. An Anglo-French blunder marked the decline of British and French influence in the Middle East, to be replaced by Soviet and US involvement. Egyptian defiance of the great powers of the past marked the high point of Arab nationalism. Despite the importance of the Suez conflict, almost no comprehensive military history of it exists. This book changes this by presenting a clear, comprehensive narrative of the conflict with a special emphasis on the military decisions and the short- and long-term results of the conflict, both tactical and strategic, military and more

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  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 158 x 237 x 29mm | 644g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 25 black & white illustrations
  • 0739187201
  • 9780739187203
  • 1,496,971

About Yagil Henkin

Yagil Henkin is a military historian at the Israeli Army's Command and General Staff more

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Yagil Henkin...describes and analyzes the Suez War in all of its complexity in this thoughtful and revealing account. In view of the quite extensive body of research already devoted to the origins, course, and consequences of the war, one might be tempted to think that nothing new remains to be said about it. Henkin's book, however, offers a fresh reconsideration of the war. Through the judicious mining and synthesizing of information collected from a broad range of primary and secondary sources, he sheds new light on various dimensions of the war, especially with regard to the IDF's actions during Operation Kadesh... A brief review, of course, cannot do justice to the richness of Henkin's book. Suffice it to say that with respect to substance, his work is first rate. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs A real gem. The most recent, as well as much the best, history of the 1956 Suez Campaign ever written. -- Martin van Creveld, Hebrew University The story of the Suez War has been told many times, by the principals and by historians. But Yagil Henkin's account stands out. He has finally given the military moves their full due alongside the more famous diplomatic maneuvering. But this is not only military history. Henkin presents events from every possible vantage point-Israeli, British, French, Egyptian, and American-and he integrates this into a seamless narrative, distinguished by its easy readability. No serious shelf on the 1956 war, however full, can do without Yagil Henkin's indispensable work. -- Martin Kramer, President, Shalem Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Who Was Who in the Middle East, 1954 Chapter 2: Wild Rhetoric and Real Estate: Escalation, 1954-1956 Chapter 3: French Steel, British Will: Planning the Suez War, July-October 1956 Chapter 4: A Collusion Course: An Unlikely Alliance, October 1956 Chapter 5: Flying Cutters and the Paratrooper Gambit: Opening Moves, October 28-30, 1956 Chapter 6: Success and Fiasco at Abu-Ageila: October 30-November 2, 1956 Chapter 7: Exodus in Reverse: Israel Takes Sinai, October 31-November 5, 1956 Chapter 8: The Peacekeeping Attack: October 31-November 5, 1956 Chapter 9: Hot and Cold Wars: The Allied Invasion and the Aftermath, November 5, 1956-March 6, 1957 Epilogue: The Legacy of Suezshow more