in Englishness and Empire 1939-1965

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226641
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718069 | DOI:

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This epilogue focuses on Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was often portrayed in the media, like Churchill, as a politician who did not betray the nation. She could be trusted to deliver on a promise to turn back the tide of post-1945 decline and loss of imperial power. But Thatcher's identity as a woman and a politician added a new resonance to stories of post-war national malaise, reversing the gendering of the story in Guns at Batasi, where betrayal of imperial values is embodied in the figure of Miss Barker-Wise — a female politician.

Keywords: British culture; British heritage; Margaret Thatcher; decline; imperial power

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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