History Ia : Falklands

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Margaret Thatcher and the Falkland Islands :

To what extent can one argue that Margaret thatcher’s choice to retake the Falkland Isles (April 2 - June 14 1982) contributed to the popularity of conservative party in the United Kingdom? Word Count : 1845

Felicia Tiu-Laurel
Beacon Academy
IB History HL 1

Between April 2 1982 to June 14 of the same year, the world saw the emergence of the Falklands War which was the first war since Vietnam to have a permanent member of the UN security council primarily engaged in combat. To identify if the popularity of the conservative party heightened during the war period, the investigation will examine the reasons for involvement in the war, public opinion in the UK on the involvement in the islands (journal articles, interview minutes, newspaper articles), statements by different political leaders and leading academia, testimonies of troops in the Falklands and the testimonies of Thatcher herself as well as the conservative party to review all perspectives on the topic.

Word count : 116

Background of British Claim over Falkland Islands
Three grounds on British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Goebel, xxii): Continuation of jurisdiction exercised since the 18th century Lack of British recognition of any rights of the Buenos Aires Government in the islands and the official protest of Britain against Vernet’s and Mestivier’s appointments Res nullius status (under the control of no visible authority) of the Falkland Islands after the Spanish withdrawal in 1810 and the American destruction of Vernet’s settlement in 1831 Allowing self-determination for the islanders whether they choose to be Argentine or British will be respected (Thatcher, Location 3835*)* Events prior to Falklands War

Britian’s loss of prestige due to the Suez Fiasco in 1956 (Thatcher, Location 3415) Low approval ratings for Thatcher and the Conservative party (Newsinger, Falklands War and Lies) Leaseback agreement proposed by...
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