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In this case, he appears to have fallen in with the arguments of the Liberal imperialists in his Cabinet such as Joseph Chamberlain who wished to overthrow the Arabi government, not in order to protect the British and French loans and investments, but ‘to protect the Canal and exact reparations for the Alexandria outrages’. 9 The following month, a British expeditionary force, under General Wolseley, defeated Arabi and his army at Tel-el-Kebir and brought the country HISTORICAL CONTEXT 13 under de facto British control for the next 40 years.

47 There was a growing sense of antiBritish feeling in Egypt during the summer of 1951. 48 The negotiations continued without any sign of breaking the deadlock. The prospects of a showdown with Egypt became real and imminent. As the Labour government entered its final days in the autumn of 1951—beset by the Iranian oil crisis and the problems of financing a massive rearmament programme—Nahas decided to begin a confrontation. The Korean War had spurred the rearmament programme. In Iran the British were faced with a nationalist regime led by Dr Mossadegh, who unilaterally nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

BDEEP, Series B, Vol. 4, Egypt and the Defence of the Middle East, Part II (henceforth BDEEP, Egypt, Part II), Doc. 1, 30 Nov. 1950. 45. Nicholas Owen, ‘Britain and Decolonisation: The Labour Government and the Middle East, 1945–51’, in Kolinsky, Demise of the British Empire in the Middle East, p. 11. 46. The proposals of 1 April called for the phased withdrawal of British troops to be replaced by civilian contractors, the creation of an Anglo-Egyptian coordinated air defence system and the return of British forces in the event of war, imminent menace of war or apprehended international emergency.

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