How the Suez Canal changed the world - Lucia Carminati
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For a deeper dive into the history of the Suez Canal head over here. This podcast may also help you place the Canal in its deeper historical context.
The Suez Canal official website provides a lot of information and the official version of this history. For readings that excavate different stories, check out Valeska Huber’s blog entry “Cosmopolitanism on the Move: Port Said around 1900,” Mohamed Gamal-Eldin’s short article “Doing Environmental, Infrastructural, and Urban Histories along the Suez Canal,” and Lucia Carminati’s research on the Canal’s migrant workers.
If you look for a reading soundtrack, check out the “Simsimiyya of Port Said by Ensemble Al-Tanburah” relying on Muhammad Fathi Kalfat’s article and Alia Mossallam’s research for context.
The Ever Given
The Ever Given was stuck for only one week, but managed to create a global crisis. To learn more about the Ever Given and other big ships head over to this article by the BBC. With the help of diggers, tug boats, and water power, the Ever Given was moved. This is a great explainer video that digs into the physics of how the ship was finally dislodged. Finally, read this article if you want a little more information about why the Suez Canal is so important to global trade.
The Suez Crisis
While the Ever Given debacle was the most recent, it is far from being the only example of a time when the Suez Canal was at the center of a crisis. Read about how the Suez Canal Crisis was a pivotal event among Cold War superpowers. You might also want to check out a timeline of the events leading up to the crisis.
Enjoy learning about canals in general? You might like this Ted-Ed video about the creation of the Panama Canal. You might consider some of the similarities and differences between the two great canals.
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