The Sovereignty Dispute Over the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands

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Oxford University Press, Apr 7, 1988 - Law - 288 pages
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The complex question of the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands remains far from resolved, even after the military and political events that took place from April to June 1982. The first scholarly work of its kind, this broad and dispassionate study of the causes of the South Atlantic war between Britain and Argentina addresses the larger issues raised by the Falkland crisis and untangles a web of events and attitudes that stretch back over the past century. The book begins with a close evaluation of the two pivotal arguments: Argentina's stance that international law supports their historical right to the islands, and Britain's position that the length of their occupation of the Falklands, together with the principles of self-determination, legalized their de facto control. Gustafson then discusses how potential off-shore oil reserves, diplomacy, domestic politics, and the use of force entered into the sovereignty dispute; analyzes the effects of war on international relations; and considers possible future approaches to handling the dispute.
 

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Contents

Historical Rights
3
SelfDetermination and British Sovereignty
37
Two Principles of SelfDetermination
55
Oil and the Falklands Dispute
81
Sovereignty and the External Causes of the War
119
Sovereignty and the Internal Causes of the War
143
The Effect and the Future of the Falklands Conflict
177
Notes
209
Bibliography
237
Index
261
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LOWELL S. GUSTAFSON is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University.

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