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New Times revisited: Britain in the 1980s

Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, FA; Hilton, M; Moores, C; (2017) New Times revisited: Britain in the 1980s. Contemporary British History , 31 (2) pp. 145-165. 10.1080/13619462.2017.1306214. Gold open access

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Abstract

The authors in this volume are collectively engaged with a historical puzzle: What happens if we examine the decade once we step out of the shadows cast by Thatcher? That is, does the decade of the 1980s as a significant and meaningful periodisation (equivalent to that of the 1960s) still work if Thatcher becomes but one part of the story rather than the story itself? The essays in this collection suggest that the 1980s only makes sense as a political period. They situate the 1980s within various longer term trajectories that show the events of the decade to be as much the consequence as the cause of bigger, long-term historical processes. This introduction contextualises the collection within the wider literature, before explaining the collective and individual contributions made.

Type: Article
Title: New Times revisited: Britain in the 1980s
Open access status: An open access publication
DOI: 10.1080/13619462.2017.1306214
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2017.1306214
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions. It is a CC licence article (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Keywords: 1980s, Thatcherism, neoliberalism, contemporary British history, new times.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540578
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