The Cold War and British Debates over the Boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

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Abstract

This article examines the debate precipitated by the Thatcher government's (unsuccessful) attempt to secure a British boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Aware that it faced a struggle to win over the autonomous British Olympic Association, but with Thatcher in particular keen to support the United States, the government's case that the invasion required a specific response in the form of a boycott was steadily overshadowed as the public debate increasingly focused on arguments over human rights and détente and the use of state power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-66
Number of pages24
JournalCold War History
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online date05 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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  • General Arts and Humanities

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