Thirty years after the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands, the war remains a source of continued debate and analysis for politicians, historians and military strategists. Not only did the conflict provide a fascinating example of modern expeditionary warfare, but it also brought to the fore numerous questions regarding international law, sovereignty, the inheritance of colonialism, the influence of history on national policy and the use of military force for domestic political uses. As the essays in this collection show, the numerous facets of the Falklands War remain current today and have ramifications far beyond the South Atlantic. Covering issues ranging from military strategy to Anglo-American relations, international reactions and international law to media coverage, the volume provides an important overview of some of the complex issues involved, and offers a better understanding of this conflict and of the tensions which still exist today between London and Buenos Aires. Of interest to scholars of history, politics, international relations and defence studies, the volume provides a timely and forthright examination of a short but bloody episode of a kind that is likely to be seen with increasing frequency, as nations lay competing claims to disputed territories around the globe.
Carine Berbéri is Senior Lecturer in British Studies at the University of Tours, France. Her research interests are principally in the field of British politics, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between Britain and Europe. She has published several articles and books about British attitudes towards the European Union and the Euro. She is also working on the Labour Party, focusing on its approach to devolution policy, social policy and Europe (particularly since 1997). Monia O'Brien Castro is Senior Lecturer in British Studies at the University of Tours, France. She also works as scientific advisor for the La Villette Exhibition Centre in Paris. Her doctoral research explored the decline and renovation of inner cities from 1960 to 1997. She has published academic papers on urban policy, and urban social and ethnic exclusion. She has just co-edited Preserving the Sixties: Britain and the ’Decade of Protest’, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
’30 Years After represents a valuable addition to the literature on the Falklands War, and more generally contributes to a deeper understanding of the foreign policy issues facing Britain as it attempts to continue (as David Cameron recently reaffirmed) to punch above its weight on the international stage ...a stimulating and thought-provoking exploration of some of its key aspects and consequences...’ Cercles