Britain and the Dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973–82: Foreign Policy, Corporations and Social Movements

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Springer, May 28, 2018 - History - 280 pages

This book explores the links between the British government and the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973-82, using newly-opened British archives. It gives the most complete picture to date of British arms sales, military visits and diplomatic links with the Argentine and Chilean military regimes before the Falklands war. It also provides new evidence that Britain had strategic and economic interests in the Falkland Islands and was keen to exploit the oil around the Islands. It looks at the impact of private corporations and social movements, such as the Chile Solidarity Campaign and human rights groups, on foreign policy. By analyzing the social background of British diplomats and tracing the informal social networks between government officials and the private sector, it considers the pro-business biases of state officials. It describes how the Foreign Office tried to dissuade the Labour governments of 1974-79 from imposing sanctions on the Pinochet regime in Chile and discusses whether un-elected officials place constraints on politicians aiming to pursue an ‘ethical’ foreign policy.

 

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Contents

Making Friends With the Junta
1
Chapter 2 Chile 19731982
35
Chapter 3 Welcoming Pinochets Coup 19731974
45
Chapter 4 Ethical Foreign Policy? Labour Versus the Foreign Office 19741979
57
Mrs Thatcher and the General 19791982
85
Chapter 6 Chile Conclusion
115
Chapter 7 Argentina 19762 April 1982
121
Arming the Junta 19761979
129
Chapter 10 Befriending Common or Garden Dictators 1979 to 2 April 1982
181
Britains Strategic Interests in the Falklands 1979 to 2 April 1982
205
Chapter 12 Conclusion
233
Appendix A
240
Appendix B
243
Appendix C
249
Bibliography
253
Index
270

Chapter 9 Oil the Islands and the Falklands Lobby 19761979
161

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Grace Livingstone is an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, UK. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She is also a journalist and has reported for the BBC World Service, the Guardian, the Observer and the Independent. She is the author of Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War and America’s Backyard: the United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror.

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