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Nasser's Blessed MovementEgypt's Free Officers and the July RevolutionWith a New Introduction$
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Joel Gordon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167782

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167782.001.0001

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"A Revolutionary, Not a Politician"

"A Revolutionary, Not a Politician"

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(p.127) 7 "A Revolutionary, Not a Politician"
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Nasser's Blessed Movement
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Joel Gordon

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167782.003.0008

This chapter examines the March crisis of 1954, which saw the Command Council of the Revolution (CCR) face off against the combined opposition of the old political parties, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Left, much of the independent intelligentsia, and significant units within the army. The March crisis was sparked by the ouster of Muhammad Nagib as prime minister, and the opposition rallied behind him. They demand that power must return to civilian hands, the officers must return to the barracks, and the revolution must end. The chapter discusses the street demonstrations that were part of the March crisis and the steps taken by the Free Officers after it ended. It shows that the March crisis turned out to be a pivotal moment that allowed the CCR to consolidate its power and establish itself as the only viable alternative to the old regime.

Keywords:   political parties, March crisis, Command Council of the Revolution, Muslim Brotherhood, Left, intelligentsia, army, Muhammad Nagib, street demonstrations, Free Officers

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