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Why War?The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez$
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Philip Smith

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226763880

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226763910.001.0001

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The Suez Crisis of 1956

The Suez Crisis of 1956

(p.56) Three The Suez Crisis of 1956
Why War?
University of Chicago Press

Largely forgotten today, the Suez Crisis of 1956 should be remembered not only as one of the most significant and perplexing events in the cold war but also as an object lesson in genre politics. The unexpected outcomes and paradoxes of the episode graphically demonstrate how interpretative frameworks influence policy choices and systems of accountability. Some kind of story is required in order to set the ball rolling, to introduce the historical sequence, and to allow the narrative accounts more endemic to events to be subsequently played off one another. So this chapter offers a brief history. It attempts to sit squarely in the low mimetic genre, providing some relatively uncontroversial facts and event information to allow readers to make sense of the diverse native interpretations in the rest of the text.

Keywords:   Suez Crisis, cold war, policy choice, native interpretation, genre politics, interpretive framework

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