In: Asian and African Studies, vol. 27, no. 2
R. Sorby Karol
Year, pages: 2018, 125 - 142
Situation in Egypt after the War; continuing British occupation; rioting and strikes in the towns; new political forces on the scene; failure to come to an agreement
Article type: Political History of Egypt
In May 1945, when WW II ended, in Egypt a long-pent-up flood of nationalist sentiment became apparent. Not only the Egyptian politicians, but the public as well felt that Britain should at last leave Egypt entirely and accept the unity of the Nile Valley (Egypt and Sudan). Instead Britain was trying to bring pressure on Egypt to join a Western defence pact, while British troops remained on Egyptian soil as a constant provocation to the wishes of the Egyptians. Against a background of anti-British upheaval, the labour foreign secretary Ernest Bevin accepted the principle of total British withdrawal from Egypt, despite bitter attacks from the conservative opposition led by Winston Churchill. However, the opportunity for a settlement collapsed over Sudan. The British government had not accepted the notion of Egyptian-Sudanese unity because the British military held that, in the event of a withdrawal from Egypt, it was even more essential to retain control of Sudan.
How to cite:
Sorby Karol, R. 2018. BRITAIN’S EFFORT TO CONTINUE ITS TUTELAGE OF EGYPT AFTER THE WW II, 1945 – 1947. In Asian and African Studies, vol. 27, no.2, pp. 125-142. 1335-1257.
Sorby Karol, R. (2018). BRITAIN’S EFFORT TO CONTINUE ITS TUTELAGE OF EGYPT AFTER THE WW II, 1945 – 1947. Asian and African Studies, 27(2), 125-142. 1335-1257.
Publisher: Institute of Oriental Studies
Published: 15. 11. 2018