Cold War in Egypt

Cold War in Egypt
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  •  Bread Riots- In 1974 the Government decided to cancel 30 million dollars worth of money dedicated to food, to try to pay back debts created from the Cold War. This decision was immediately was met with protests, revolts, and violence that removed the decision after only two days.
  • Suez Crisis - The Suez Canal Crisis occurred when Israel, France, Britain invaded Egypt and took control of the Suez Canal area. The USSR threatened a nuclear attack on western Europe if France and Britain did not leave Egypt. The US then told the USSR to stay out of conflict and threatened Israel, France, and Britain.
  • US Influence - In 1959 Egypt switched sides from the USSR to the US. The US became Egypt's main military supplier, and Egypt excludes and removes any USSR officers in their country. 
  • Government Changes -The Free Officer's Movement was formed to overthrow the corrupt monarchy and King Farouk was overthrown and he stepped down. Egypt was officially declared a republic and Muhammed Najib becomes the new president, until being replaced by Gamal Abdel Nassar shortly after.
  •  Aswan Dam - The Soviet Union completely funds the Aswan High Dam in 1971. The Dam stopped the Nile from flooding, allowed for crops to be grown on 800,000 more acres, and produced a large amount of power.
  • Works Cited: Editors, History.com. “Suez Crisis.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 9 Nov. 2009, www.history.com/topics/cold-war/suez-crisis. Accessed 15 April 2019 “Egypt Profile - Timeline.” BBC News, BBC, 7 Jan. 2019, www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13315719.  Accessed 15 April 2019 “Aswan High Dam Completed.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 9 Feb. 2010, www.history.com/this-day-in-history/aswan-high-dam-completed. “1977: Egypt's Bread Intifada.” Libcom.org, libcom.org/history/1977-egypts-bread-intifada.
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