Dwight D. Eisenhower's Presidency

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Discuss Dwight D. Eisenhower's success in resolving the Suez crisis of 1956 as a pivotal moment in world history.

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Eisenhower's resolution of the Suez crisis without resorting to gunboat diplomacy was crucial, as it showed the world that the heyday of old-style Western imperialism was over. The French and the British governments had reacted to Nasser's seizure of the strategically vital Suez Canal in the time-honored fashion of imperial powers: through threats and aggression. Britain and France joined with Israel to form a tripartite military force which invaded Egypt not long after Nasser's momentous decision.

But Eisenhower was strongly opposed to military...

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