Eden, Suez and the Mass Media: Propaganda and Persuasion during the Suez Crisis

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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.

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Tony Shaw is Reader in International History at the University of Hertfordshire. His publications include 'British Cinema and the Cold War: The State, Propaganda and Consensus'. He is currently working on two projects: an account of Hollywood's propaganda role during the Cold War, and a history of British government propaganda during the Cold War.

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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

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Book Description I.B.Tauris Co Ltd., United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. For Britain, the Suez crisis of 1956 was - along with the 1938 Munich crisis - the most divisive and controversial episode of the twentieth century. Centred on a narrow man-made canal linking the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, the Suez crisis caused fighting on London s streets, split families and friendships and destroyed a prime minister. It tested the government s propaganda skills to the full and pushed the mass media s independence to breaking point. For many, Suez symbolises the end of the British Empire and its spectre has haunted British governments for two generations. Eden, Suez and the Mass Media examines the battle for hearts and minds waged through the mass media during the Suez crisis. It explains why the British government assigned such a critical role to propaganda and charts how Prime Minister Anthony Eden sought to use the press and broadcasting as instruments to destroy Egypt s leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The book dispels the myth that Fleet Street and the BBC were mere ciphers for public opinion and reveals how Eden s strategy disastrously backfired, trapping him into the notorious pact of collusion with the French and Israelis. This new edition of the definitive history of the media s role in the Suez crisis also draws interesting parallels with the contemporary Iraq War, which Shaw argues bears an uncanny resemblance to the earlier conflict. Bookseller Inventory # AA79781848850910

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