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The Suez Canal Purchase and the making of modern Britain

Matthew Hefler writes in Engelsberg Ideas how the purchase of the Suez Canal shaped Britain

"The purchase of the Suez Canal by British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was presented in contemporary press reports as a uniquely patriotic and liberal move, one that cemented the country’s place in a shifting, Europe-dominated world order."


Read the full article on Engelsberg Ideas.


Hefler was awarded a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London in November 2020. With research interests in international history and intelligence studies, his dissertation examined clandestine diplomacy in Franco-British relations during World War II. Hefler’s postdoctoral project examines secret intelligence and international diplomacy around the Middle East between the USA, Great Britain and France during 1945-1947.

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