Date of Award

Summer 1997

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Lorraine M. Lees

Committee Member

James R. Sweeney

Committee Member

Harold Wilson

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 C625


The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 illustrated a potentially harmful dichotomy in Dwight D. Eisenhower's foreign policy goals. Eisenhower relied on the support of America's major allies, the British and the French to resist Communist influence throughout the world. In addition, Eisenhower felt it necessary to "win over" the developing nations of the world by supporting their anti-colonialist struggles and trying to bring the rising tide of nationalism into line with American policy. These two goals came into conflict during the Suez Crisis. By using various governmental sources as well as the memoirs of key figures in the governments of both the United States and its major allies, this study documents this rift between the United States, Great Britain and France, while noting the inability of the United States to win compensating gains in its relations with the developing nations of the Middle East.


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