Making Thatchers Britain

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Ben Jackson, Robert Saunders
Cambridge University Press, Aug 2, 2012 - History - 353 pages
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Margaret Thatcher was one of the most controversial figures of modern times. Her governments inspired hatred and veneration in equal measure, and her legacy remains fiercely contested. Yet assessments of the Thatcher era are often divorced from any larger historical perspective. This book draws together leading historians to locate Thatcher and Thatcherism within the political, social, cultural and economic history of modern Britain. It explores the social and economic crises of the 1970s; Britain's relationships with Europe, the Commonwealth and the United States; and the different experiences of Thatcherism in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The book assesses the impact of the Thatcher era on class and gender, and situates Thatcherism within the Cold War, the end of Empire and the rise of an Anglo-American 'New Right'. Drawing on the latest available sources, it opens a wide-ranging debate about the Thatcher era and its place in modern British history.
 

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Contents

Crisis? What crisis? Thatcherism and the seventies
25
Thatcherism
43
Thatcher monetarism and the politics of inflation
62
JIM TOMLINSON
78
A nation or no nation? Enoch Powell and Thatcherism
95
Thatcher and the Womens vote
113
Margaret Thatcher and the decline of class politics
132
Just another country? The Irish question in
180
Thatcherism and the Cold War
199
Europe and America
218
Timeline
255
JON LAWRENCE AND FLORENCE
278
Further reading
335
Index
346
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Ben Jackson is a University Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of University College. He is the author of Equality and the British Left (2007).

Robert Saunders is a Lecturer in History and Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Democracy and the Vote in British Politics (2011).

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