Program in British Studies

'Margaret Thatcher'

Geoffrey Wheatcroft LONDON

Fri, April 26, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Lady Thatcher’s funeral a few days ago brought together bitter enemies who had not spoken to each other in years. They paid tribute to the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the twentieth century and the only woman to have held the office. She stood for deregulation, privatization of state-owned companies, and thereduction of the power of the trade unions. At one point she narrowly missed assassination by the IRA. President Reagan and the US Navy assisted her in the victory in the Falklands War of 1982, but she was a polarizing figure in America as well as Britain.  
 
Geoffrey Wheatcroft is a journalist and historian.  He studied Modern History at New College, Oxford, and joined the Spectator in 1975. He writes regularly for the Spectator, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.  His books include The Randlords (1995), The Controversy of Zion (1996), and The Strange Death of Tory England (2005).

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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