This study centers on the history of the dispute over the Falkland Islands (Las Islas Malvinas), a remote, windswept archipelago in the far reaches of the South Atlantic off the coast of Argentina. They are held by Great Britain and claimed by Argentina. Few people know anything about them, and when the war over them broke out in April 1982, many Britons had to run to a map to see where they were. But not the Argentines, who are taught from the cradle that "las Malvinas son argentinas" (the Malvinas are Argentine).
Table of Contents
1 Introduction, 2 Who Discovered the Islands? 3 The Falklands Come of Age 5 Britain Strengthens Its Hold on the Islands 6 The Pot Begins to Boil 7 The Falklands/Malvinas Question in the United Nations 8 Britain and Argentina Try Bilateral Negotiation 9 Negotiations Become More Difficult 10 Margaret Thatcher Takes Over 11 The Falklands Break into World Headlines 12 Epilogue: An Evaluation
Fritz L. Hoffmann is professor emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder, where he taught Latin American history from 1937 to 1975. Olga Mingo Hoffmann has taught Spanish language and literature and Latin American history.