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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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Islands in Distress

Islands in Distress

Making Sense of the Malvinas/Falklands War

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(p.144) Islands in Distress
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The Global South Atlantic
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Oscar Hemer

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.003.0008

The short 1982 war between Argentina and Great Britain over the Malvinas/Falklands had far-reaching consequences for both countries. In Argentina, the disastrous defeat became the decisive blow to six years of military dictatorship. In Great Britain, the resounding victory was conceived as a personal triumph for the contested Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This chapter interrogates the similarities of the symbolic significations attached to the islands (and the conflict), with mirroring myths of national renewal and adjoining crusade or romance-quest rescue scenarios, and argues that these have been more thoroughly scrutinised in Argentina than in the UK. Approaching the thirty-fifth anniversary of the war, the conditions on the islands and the South Atlantic regional context are resoundingly different, but the conflict remains unresolved.

Keywords:   decolonization, Falkland Islands, Malvinas, national mythology, overseas territory, victimization, witness literature

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