Parr, H (2022) Remembering the Falklands war in Britain: From Division to Conviction? Journal of War & Culture Studies, 15 (3). 266 - 283. ISSN 1752-6272

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This article examines how the Falklands war has been remembered in Britain. By looking at how ideas of the Falklands war reached public audiences, the article traces changing British understandings of the composition of the conflict. In the 1980s, the war was regarded as politically divisive. Since the 1990s, political divisions faded, and the perspectives of veterans, particularly as represented in the memoirs of lower ranked soldiers, became prominent. This has resulted in focus on new themes, such as experiences of combat trauma and relationships with the Falkland Islands and islanders. These changes illustrate shifts in civil–military relations in Britain and encouraged new interpretations of what the Falklands war meant for Britain. In the contexts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly that of Iraq, Britain’s engagement in the Falklands came to be seen not only as politically legitimate, but also as the right choice to have made.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Uncontrolled Keywords: Falklands war; British war memory; combat trauma; 1980s Britain; military memoirs
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2022 11:30

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