Suez and the Moral Bankruptcy of Empire

A.J. Stockwell looks at the political fallout of the Suez crisis, both at home and more widely in its effect on the British Empire.

It is often claimed that the dramatic clash between ethics and cynical realpolitik at Suez spelled the end of the British empire. The resort to force without UN sanction, collusion with France and Israel and prime ministerial deceit breached principles of international diplomacy, parliamentary conduct and the Cabinet’s collective responsibility. Eden’s actions were attacked in the press, Parliament and public demonstrations.

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