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The British Government and the Falkland Islands, 1974-79 (Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World)

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Historians have hitherto cast British policy as one of consistent, weak appeasement prior to the Falklands War, encouraging Argentine leaders to stake everything on an invasion. Drawing on recently declassified government files, private papers and interviews, Aaron Donaghy argues against this popular notion. He shows that through a combination of preventative diplomacy and robust defence planning, the Labour government of 1974-79 succeeded in maintaining peace, avoiding the fate of its Tory successors.

The mid to late 1970s marked the most dangerous period prior to the war. The Argentine occupation of Southern Thule, withdrawal of ambassadors, attacks on ships and secret deployments tell only part of the story. Uncovering remarkable evidence, Donaghy explains how misconceptions about Britain's naval deployment in the South Atlantic in 1977 would have fatal consequences for policymaking in March 1982. This study of how the British government confronted Argentina will provide a new understanding of the immediate origins of the Falklands War.

About the Author

Aaron Donaghy is an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include twentieth century British history and the history of international relations, particularly Anglo-American relations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Maps
Introduction
1. 'Leave This Poisoned Chalice Alone'
2. The Lowest Common Multiple
3. A Sensational Hostage
4. Islands Surrounded by Advice
5. The Mixed Approach
6. Absentee Landlords
7. Defence of the Realm
8. 'No Talks, Just Football'
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137329554
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Great britain
Author:
Donaghy, Aaron
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
World History-England General
Series:
Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 maps
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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