Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - Great Britain - 162 pages
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Few modern women have had as great a political impact as Margaret Hilda Roberts, the grocer's daughter from Grantham who, as Margaret Thatcher, became Britain's first woman prime minister. The longest serving British premier of the twentieth century, Mrs Thatcher has been the subject of bothadulation and vilification. In Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy, the leading historian Sir David Cannadine sets Margaret Thatcher in the context of recent British history.With elegance, wit, and historical insight, Cannadine charts Mrs Thatcher's upbringing and influences, her political career and life after politics, the impact of her policies, and her personal reputation and political legacy. The book also features a glossary of key terms, a chronology, a "dramatispersonae" of significant figures of the period, and a guide to further reading.Written by one of our foremost international historians, it is an essential work for anyone interested in the life and work of a towering - and often controversial - figure in modern British history, as well as students, academics, and researchers in the fields of modern history and politics.
 

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Contents

Bound for Politics 192559
1
Unexpected Leader 195979
13
Challenging Beginnings 197981
28
Victory Overseas 198183
39
Enemies Within 198386
59
Thatcherism Triumphant? 198689
79
Isolation and Defenestration 198990
97
Aftermath and Afterlife 19902013
111
ENDNOTES
127
GUIDE TO FURTHER READING
133
DRAMATIS PERSONAE
137
GLOSSARY
147
CHRONOLOGY
151
OPINION POLLS
155
INDEX
156
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Professor Sir David Cannadine is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and General Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is one of the world's best-known historians and historical biographers, and an expert on Churchill and political leadership. The author oreditor of thirty books, David Cannadine is also a regular broadcaster on radio and television. His most recent publications include The Undivided Past (2013) and George V: the Unexpected King (2014), as well as the series Prime Ministers' Props for BBC Radio 4 (2016).

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