The Thatcher Revolution: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, and the Transformation of Modern Britain, 1979-2001

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - History - 260 pages
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In his 1997 book, Tory Radicalism, prominent historian Earl A. Reitan studied the public policy agendas of Margaret Thatcher and her successor, John Major. Now thoroughly revised and extended, The Thatcher Revolution looks not only at Thatcher and Major, but also at the first ministry of Tony Blair. As Reitan examines the polices adopted by three revolutionary Prime Ministers, he insightfully illuminates the broader implications of the leaders' profound influence on British politics and society. In his analysis, Reitan pays particular attention to the rise of "New Labour," as led and defined by Tony Blair, as well as the extent to which the objectives of the movement were achieved. Designed for use in undergraduate courses on British politics and history, but written at a level accessible to general readers, The Thatcher Revolution is essential reading for anyone interested in the state and future of modern Britain.
 

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Contents

The Rise of Margaret Thatcher
1
The Beginnings of Thatcherism 19791983
27
The Heyday of Thatcherism 19831987
53
The Fall of Margaret Thatcher 19871990
75
Thatcherite Reform
97
John Major and the Thatcher Legacy 19901993
117
John Major Continuing the Thatcher Revolution
135
The Triumph of New Labour 19941997
157
Tony Blair Getting Going 19971998
175
Toward a New Mandate 19992001
197
Major and Blair Wrapping Up the Thatcher Revolution
221
Assessment What Was the Thatcher Revolution?
241
Bibliographical Note
247
Index
251
About the Author
259
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Earl A. Reitan is emeritus professor in the history department at Illinois State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on British history.

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