Margaret Thatcher: England’s Iron Lady

Emory University

Patrick Allitt has been a professor of American History at Emory University since 1988, where he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, as well as Victorian Britain and the Great Books. After earning an undergraduate degree at Oxford and a Ph.D. in American history at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Allitt held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. He is the author of seven books, including his most recent: A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism.



Margaret Thatcher was not the kind of person who becomes a Conservative prime minister.  She was a grocer’s daughter from the insignificant town of Grantham, yet she rose to dominate the political life of a generation.  In office from 1979 to 1991, she reversed the long decline of Britain that for three decades had seemed inevitable. Others feel quite differently. Beloved by President Reagan, hated by the British left, she intimidated most members even of her own party, and was more widely admired than liked.  Britain today continues to bear the stamp of her work for good and ill.




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Ron Bernstein


What is a superb, informative and entertaining lecture. I look forward to seeing Professor Allit again on a different topics.

12 months ago

Margaret Thatcher: England’s Iron Lady

Margret Thatcher’s political life begin to shine for me after hearing professor Allitt describe her background in her life. Like most of us Margaret Thatcher’ life’s opinions first were formed by her environment and her father.
Excellent presentation!

11 months ago
Nikita Mogilevsky


The lecture covers a good overview of Thatcher’s life and the Q&A section helps glue together some sociological context to her influence at the time.
Thanks for sharing; it was both enjoyable and informative.

8 months ago
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