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dc.contributor.authorAnderson, John Philip
dc.identifier.citationAnderson , J P 2015 , ' 'On very slippery ground' : the British churches, Archbishop Fisher and the Suez crisis ' , Contemporary British History , vol. 29 , no. 3 , pp. 341-358 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article examines the reactions of the churches to the Suez crisis, focusing in particular on the leadership of the Church of England. It argues that the fact of religious establishment required a response from the Archbishop of Canterbury who proved a surprisingly robust critic of the military intervention, albeit at the cost of alienating many in the pews. Whilst making use of his access to political elites, he nonetheless remained keen to work with other church leaders in developing a shared critique based on rejection of the use of force and Britain’s right to be judge in its own case, instead stressing the need for an international resolution of the crisis. Yet as the crisis developed it became apparent that church leaders were not always able to speak for church members, who were as bitterly divided as the rest of society over both the specific issue and the wider argument how best to respond to Britain’s declining role in the world. This in turn presaged future debates, as increasingly specialist church agencies and religious leaders found themselves taking positions on social and political affairs that were often at odds with those of many within their own constituencies.
dc.relation.ispartofContemporary British Historyen
dc.rightsCopyright 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary British History on 06/11/2015, available online:
dc.subjectSuez crisisen
dc.subjectArchbishop of Canterburyen
dc.subjectMiddle Easten
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.title'On very slippery ground' : the British churches, Archbishop Fisher and the Suez crisisen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of International Relationsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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