Why did Britain and Argentina go to war over a wintry archipelago
that was home to an unprofitable colony? Could the Falklands War,
in fact, have been a last-ditch revival of Britain's imperial past?
Despite widespread conjecture about the imperial dimensions of the
Falklands War, this is the first history of the conflict from the
transnational perspective of the British world. Taking Britain's
painful process of decolonisation as his starting point, Ezequiel
Mercau shows how the Falklands lobby helped revive the idea of a
'British world', transforming a minor squabble into a full-blown
war. Boasting original perspectives on the Falklanders, the Four
Nations and the Anglo-Argentines, and based on a wealth of unseen
material, he sheds new light on the British world, Thatcher's
Britain, devolution, immigration and political culture. His
findings show that neither the dispute, the war, nor its aftermath
can be divorced from the ongoing legacies of empire.
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