Margaret Thatcher

Significance & legacy


In this podcast Professor Eric Evans looks at the rise, fall and legacy of Margaret Thatcher's premiership.

1. Introduction: How did Margaret Thatcher become Prime Minister?
2. How did she transform Britain? The end of an economic consensus.
3. The suffering of industries from Britain's 19th century heyday. Political division between north and south.
4. Thatcher's belief in creating more wealth creators through low taxation and less state involvement in the economy.
5. The dangers of the gospel of acquisition, supply side economics and under-regulation.
6. How effective was Margaret Thatcher as a Prime Minister? What was her legacy?

Suggested Reading:

B.Evans, Thatcherism and British Politics, 1975-1999 (Thrupp, Sutton Publishing, 1999)

E.J.Evans, Thatcher and Thatcherism (2nd ed., Routledge, London, 2004)

S.Jenkins, Thatcher and Sons: A Revolution in Three Acts (Penguin, London, 2006)

A.Seldon & D.Collings, Britain under Thatcher (Longman Seminar Studies, Pearson, 2000)

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