Saturday, July 16, 2016

Préparation agrégation anglais civilisation britannique 7

Le Royaume-Uni à l'épreuve de la crise 1970-79

Our period of study 1970-79 ends with the establishing of the first Thatcher government. Margaret Thatcher made such a mark that she has an -ism named after her (Thatcherism), which is not the case of all Prime Ministers. She is remembered as the first woman Prime Minister in the UK and praised or reviled as the harbinger of vast neoliberal change. When she died, the UK population were very much divided on how to react, and the song "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", used as a mocking celebration of her death, sold a very large number of copies.

But who was she before 1979? Was she the cause or the result of changes in the Conservative party and in the political debates in Britain?

This documentary will help you understand some of the elements required to understand her rôle. It was made by the conservative newspaper the Daily telegraph, so one would expect it to be sympathetic to Thatcher.

Click here for the documentary on YouTube

If like me you are very busy, use an online tool like clipconverter to make the videos into MP3 files you can listen to while playing golf.

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