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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A generation has passed. How is the war remembered in Argentina and Britain, and how does it look through the lens of the contemporary political world? Anthony Barnett opens a series of reflections.

The Malvinas and Afghanistan: unburied ghosts

The unnecessary conflict in the south Atlantic in 1982 between Britain and Argentina helped sow the seeds of more momentous and destructive wars, says Fred Halliday.

Argentina's mirror: the causa Malvinas

The south Atlantic islands fought over in 1982 have played a key part in the formation of Argentina's national identity. The Malvinas "cause" thus illuminates the complexities of modern Argentinean nationalism, says Celia Szusterman.

Argentina and Britain: the lessons of war

Argentina’s democracy and commitment to global peace are the most important legacies of the Falklands war, argues Justin Vogler.

For someone born after the Beatles split up, I have surprisingly clear memories of the Falklands/Malvinas war, which started on 2 April 1982 when Argentina's military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri seized the islands, and ended seventy-four days later with the humiliating surrender of the Argentinean forces.

Argentina and the Malvinas, twenty-five years on

The story of how Argentineans have responded to defeat in the Malvinas/Falklands war of 1982 contains a quarter-century of contradictions, says Ivan Briscoe.

The great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, who had been raised to admire gauchos and English gentlemen in equal measure, was gravely aggrieved by the sight of his two favourite nations at war in the south Atlantic. "Two bald men fighting over a comb", was his bitter putdown.

Churchillism: from Thatcher and the Falklands to Blair and Iraq

In 1982, Anthony Barnett argued that Britain's decision to wage war with Argentina in the south Atlantic was triggered by its deep political culture. Twenty-five years on, he looks afresh at the entrails.
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