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How useful are these two sources as evidence of Egyptian public opinion during the suez crisis?

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2] HOW USEFUL ARE THESE TWO SOURCS AS EVIDENCE OF EGYPTIAN PUBLIC OPINION DURING THE SUEZ CRISIS? Source B is a photograph, which was taken during the Suez crisis of the Egyptian leader whilst he is surrounded by people encouraging him and they hoist him above their shoulders and take their hats of to him showing their praise. This photograph is intended to portray Nasser as a popular figure and that the people approved with his plans. But the dependability of this source can be questioned because this could be part of the fierce propaganda campaign that Nasser directed against Britain because we are not informed about which newspaper the photograph appeared in and also there is only a diminutive amount of people in the photograph and this could indicate the Nasser was only accepted by a minority of his countries populace. ...read more.

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But since the individuals are holding Nasser up in their arms could give you an idea about his recognition and popularity and the people are heartening him with their arms raised. The photograph is not very persuasive that the individuals are praising Nasser but it doesn't verify he is a despised character. Lastly the picture could have appeared anywhere and also it doesn't enlighten us about the photographer of this specific photograph. Source C is depiction drawn by an Egyptian cartoonist following the Suez Canal was nationalised. We perceive an Egyptian sailor and Sir Anthony Eden, who was the British prime minister at the time, drawn comically. It is intended to make a mockery of Eden portraying his anxiety and desperation and the Egyptian nation may have realised this and distinguish that Eden was vulnerable and feeble. ...read more.

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Furthermore the Source gives no indication that it appeared in any municipal document such as a newspaper and also it doesn't inform us about where or in which nation did this sketch appear, Egypt or Britain. Even though the picture makes a ridicule of Eden it doesn't demonstrate that people liked Nasser in addition and this may possibly have merely been used in the propaganda campaign that Nasser compiled against the British prime minister and his country. Consequently the sources are not very trustworthy or reliable but do provide us with a modest explanation of the public attitude but to a certain magnitude but equally do show that Nasser's strategy was acknowledged by the Egyptian population. ...read more.

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