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France, the United States, and the Algerian War$
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Irwin Wall

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225343

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225343.001.0001

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The Suez Crisis

The Suez Crisis

Chapter Two (p.33) The Suez Crisis
France, the United States, and the Algerian War

Irwin M. Wall

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the direct causal connection for France between the Algerian insurrection and the Suez crisis. It explains that it was the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser who was the principal source of support for the Algerian rebels and the root of the new radical brand of Arab nationalism rampant throughout the Middle East. The chapter discusses the French realization that the Algerian rebellion would dissipate if Nasser could be topped, and suggests that Western disunity to unseat Nasser during the Suez crisis was the defining development for the future structure of post-war relations between France, Britain, the United States, and Europe generally.

Keywords:   Algerian insurrection, Suez crisis, France, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Arab nationalism, Middle East, Western disunity, United States, Britain, Europe

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