HMNZS Royalist : a vessel of compliance : New Zealand and the Suez Canal crisis of 1956 (2000)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Thesis DisciplinePolitical Science
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis illustrates a case study of New Zealand's political and naval involvement during the Suez Canal crisis of 1956, and examines the consequences of small state 'compliance' with the policies of a larger power during a period of international crisis. Selected small state theorists have recognised that 'compliant' behaviour has the potential to impede the development of independent foreign policy choices and thus weaken national interests. This thesis illustrates the vulnerability of small states when 'operating' outside international or regional framework in support of their larger allies, activity, which can in circumstances expose the smaller nation to international criticism and condemnation. The primary aim of this thesis is to examine the impact of HMNZS Royalist on New Zealand's foreign policy during Suez (1956), and question whether the accidental stationing and subsequent deployment of the ship to the British Mediterranean fleet contributed to the nation's 'compliant' foreign policy during the crisis. Royalist's operational status during October and November will be assessed and the question asked: did New Zealand's 'compliant' policy during Suez and the vessel's presence with the British Mediterranean fleet led to unsanctioned involvement in hostilities against Egypt? Finally, this thesis shall contemplate whether the time is not overdue for a revised interpretation of events during the Suez crisis, based on the interests of justice and equity for those of the crew who claimed to have served in a warzone.
KeywordsRoyalist (Cruiser); States, Small; Egypt--History--Intervention, 1956; New Zealand--Foreign relations--1945-; New Zealand--Foreign relations--Great Britain; Great Britain--Foreign relations--New Zealand
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