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Margaret Thatchers Foreign Policy 1979-1990 enhanced Britains position in the world. Assess the validity of this view.

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'Margaret Thatcher's Foreign Policy 1979-1990 enhanced Britain's position in the world'. Assess the validity of this view. Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy did not enhance Britain's position in the world; however it's very debatable whether or not she achieved it. Nevertheless, Margaret Thatcher during her time as Prime Minister definitely raised the international profile of Britain, swiftly defeating the Argentineans in the Falklands war, resolving the issue in Southern Rhodesia without causing further conflict and played a role in the fall of Communism. However, because of her foreign policy Britain became isolated within Europe, in a time when Britain needed Europe for its economic benefits, splitting the party in the process. Moreover, Thatcher's relationship with Reagan was never on equal terms, such as the Invasion of Grenada and the permission of 160 cruise missiles. The war in the Falklands, while it caused domestic popularity, many countries saw it as a colonial war at a time when Britain should be decolonising and the continuous trade with South Africa caused criticism amongst the international community. ...read more.

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In spite of this, without Gorbachev and his political views of democracy, Communism may still be prevalent. Moreover, Margaret Thatcher successfully defended national interests, raising Britain's profile in the process. The war in the Falkland's, with the help of the Americans, was hailed a success and Margret Thatcher was considered a capable War leader, defending British land from Argentina. As well as proving to be successful in the midst of a war, Thatcher used her diplomatic skills to preserve national interests as seen with the 1984 rebate in which Thatcher in which Britain was to receive �5billion annually due to the high membership fees paid since 1975 and the fact that CAP benefits Britain the least out of the other European countries. Southern Rhodesia also reinforced Thatcher's skill in diplomacy and successfully handled a fragile situation where she called a conference to stop the civil war. ...read more.

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saw an increase in defence in which Thatcher bought a �10billion Trident defence system off the Americans which was worthless in enhancing our position in the world and damaged the British economy. Furthermore, in November 1984, Thatcher permitted the installation of 160 cruise missiles at RAF Greenham Common which triggered nationwide protests by the CND and put Britain at more of a risk at a missile attack. Also, Thatcher was prepared to make deals with South Africa even though she tried persuading Botha to abandon apartheid. Even inviting Botha in 1984 to visit Britain, despite the hostility towards his regime expressed by many countries. In short, Margaret Thatcher's foreign policy didn't introduce anything radical in order to enhance Britain's position, while Britain's profile increased; Britain's international position never reached the same heights experienced after WW2 and the reputation of that of Winston Churchill, but Margaret Thatcher fundamentally carried on the same legacy left by previous leaders and didn't really change anything. ...read more.

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