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Margaret Thatcher:  A Life of Conviction and Confrontation

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-04-08T14:56:51Z

Photograph by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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In the Falklands

Thatcher and husband Denis visit Stanley Junior School in Stanley, the Falkland Islands in 1983.

The Falklands War, over a group of islands in the South Atlantic populated by a few thousand people, could have cost Thatcher her job had Britain lost. Argentina had disputed Britain’s ownership of the islands for more than a century and in 1982 occupied them in the belief the U.K. wouldn’t attempt to retake them by force. In the face of doubts about whether such an operation could be successfully mounted, Thatcher dispatched a task force.