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The Falklands War: An Imperial History

The Falklands War: An Imperial History
 

Why did Britain and Argentina go to war over a wintry archipelago that was home to an unprofitable colony? This panoramic history of the conflict through the transnational lens of 'Greater Britain' reveals that neither the dispute, the war, nor its aftermath can be divorced from ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781108483292
Barcode 9781108483292
Published 16 May 2019 by Cambridge University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mercau, Ezequiel
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ISBN-13 9781108483292
ISBN-10 1108483291
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 31 Aug 2019
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Publication Date 16 May 2019
International Publication Date 30 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mercau, Ezequiel
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
British & Irish History
American History
Military History
Imperialism
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 271
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Falkland Islands War, 1982, Argentina - Foreign relations - Great Britain, Great Britain - Foreign relations - Argentina, Falkland Islands War, 1982 - Causes, Falkland Islands War, 1982 - Diplomatic history
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 997.11024
Catalogue Code 970928

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Advance praise: 'This thoughtful and timely book will be read with interest by those wanting to understand the Falklands War and the legacies of Empire in Britain. Mercau shows the importance of an idea of a Greater Britain and how the 1982 Falklands War signalled its unravelling, opening questions about Britain's national identity that still persist.' Helen Parr, Keele University Advance praise; 'In this accomplished and engaging book, Mercau provides a penetrating analysis of the association between the Falkland Islands and empire. It is a skilful illumination of the continued purchase and contradictions of the idea of Greater Britain in the later twentieth century.' Sarah Stockwell, King's College London Advance praise: 'This is a deeply researched and highly original work which casts valuable new light on Britain's post-imperial condition in general and the Falklands War in particular. Essential reading.' Richard Toye, University of Exeter Advance praise: 'This thoughtful and timely book will be read with interest by those wanting to understand the Falklands War and the legacies of Empire in Britain. Mercau shows the importance of an idea of a Greater Britain and how the 1982 Falklands War signalled its unravelling, opening questions about Britain's national identity that still persist.' Helen Parr, Keele University Advance praise; `In this accomplished and engaging book, Mercau provides a penetrating analysis of the association between the Falkland Islands and empire. It is a skilful illumination of the continued purchase and contradictions of the idea of Greater Britain in the later twentieth century.' Sarah Stockwell, King's College London Advance praise: `This is a deeply researched and highly original work which casts valuable new light on Britain's post-imperial condition in general and the Falklands War in particular. Essential reading.' Richard Toye, University of Exeter

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Author's Bio

Ezequiel Mercau is a Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin.

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