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Eden, Suez and the mass media : propaganda and persuasion during the Suez crisis /
Tony Shaw.
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London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 1996.
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xi, 268 p. : map ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1850439559
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London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 1996.
isbn
1850439559
catalogue key
1609472
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-260) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-07-01:
Propaganda played a major role in the 1956 Suez crisis. Indeed, the British public was bombarded with a message that Egyptian president Nasser was another Hitler, demonstrating that more recent Gulf War propaganda has precedents. Shaw's detailed study of propaganda during Suez provides several valuable lessons about the role of propaganda in domestic and international affairs. Shaw argues that British Prime Minister Anthony Eden was well aware of the importance of propaganda. In fact, Eden was so effective presenting an image of British power vis-a-vis Nasser, the pseudo-Hitler, that he became a victim of his own propaganda, raising expectations and then failing to act decisively. Furthermore, Eden's inability to swing American public opinion, even when pandering to anticommunism, meant that the US was hostile to Britain's Suez invasion. Eden's failure to force Nasser to denationalize the canal demonstrated Britain's waning power in the Middle East. It also reveals the importance of winning public opinion, which plays a powerful role in the postwar world, in any military operation. Conceptually sound and well written. Upper-division undergraduates and above. F. Krome Northern Kentucky University
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"Chock full of details, demonstrating Shaw's extensive acquaintance with materials pertaining to the Suez crisis: government documents, memoirs, published analyses, press accounts, and interviews. Not only because he recalls the main events as they occurred, this reviewer recommends Shaw's treatment of this book about a brief but significant event of the 1950s." --T.P. Wolf, Indiana University Southeast
"Chock full of details, demonstrating Shaw's extensive acquaintance with materials pertaining to the Suez crisis: government documents, memoirs, published analyses, press accounts, and interviews. Not only because he recalls the main events as they occurred, this reviewer recommends Shaw's treatment of this book about a brief but significant event of the 1950s." T.P. Wolf, Indiana University Southeast
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This work looks at the way the media in Britain can, in times of crisis, be used as an instrument of propaganda. Through a study of the Eden Government's battle for the hearts and minds of the British and American people during the 1956 Suez Crisis, Tony Shaw dispels the myth that the BBC and Fleet Street were passive observers of events and faithfully reflected public opinion. Using government documents and media sources, he explores Eden's efforts to create a climate of opinion for military action against Egypt, and the war of nerves against the Nasser regime that followed. Arguing that, despite his reputation as one of Fleet Street's most celebrated victims, Eden was a remarkably successful propagandist, Shaw attributes this success to the unhealthy intimacy between the press and government in Britain, Fleet Street's over-willingness to censor itself, and the government's efforts to turn the BBC into a straight organ of propaganda. The book includes an interesting comparison between Eden's propaganda policy and Thatcher's during the 1982 Falklands Crisis.
Table of Contents
The British press: Eden and the press - the state of play in July 1956; nationalization; "rattling the sabre"; losing the initiative; collusion and war; the press - conclusion
The BBC: collision course; "Are they enemies or just socialists?"; division and disunity; the crucible; the BBC - conclusion
The campaign in the United States: the "special relationship" and the role of public opinion; mobilizing Amercian opinion - an identity of interests?, communism versus colonialism, going it alone; the campaign in the United States - conclusion
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