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Thatcher's Trial
Author: Kwasi Kwarteng

ISBN: 9781408859186
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26 October 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2
Description:
A fascinating examination of the leadership of Britain's most controversial post-war Prime Minister from acclaimed historian Kwasi Kwarteng

Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister in 1979, the first woman to hold the position, and the first woman in the Western world to lead a nation.

Within two years she was beset by troubles, and it seemed her historic government would be short-lived. In 1981 unemployment had risen to levels not seen since the 1930s and public finances foundered in their worst state since 1945. The 'no hope' budget delivered by Chancellor Geoffrey Howe in March marked the beginning of a six-month period which witnessed pressures in Northern Ireland, hunger strikes, urban riots and unprecedented unrest within the Conservative Party.

By the Cabinet reshuffle of 14 September, in which mutinous grandees were removed, Thatcher had firmly reasserted her authority. This extraordinary six-month period would come to define the Conservative Party's most successful and divisive modern figure: to her detractors a harsh, uncaring and dogmatic leader who made the country a more unequal, materi...

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