Hungary and the Suez Canal in 1956
In October 1956, the Bolshoi Ballet arrived in London. It was an example of ‘soft power’. At the same time, two events took place in Hungary and at the Suez Canal which were examples of ‘hard power’.
In Hungary, thousands of people took to the streets, demanding an end to Soviet rule. Moscow responded by sending in troops and tanks, killing thousands of Hungarians.
In Egypt, the government nationalised the Suez Canal. Britain no longer had control over this vital trade route. Prime Minister Eden tried to take it back. But the Americas refused to back the military venture and Britain was forced to withdraw.
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