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2019 Antcliffe Lecture Tickets Available

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Thirty Years On: Thatcher, 1989 and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday 8th May

The 2019 Antcliffe Lecture will be given by Dr  Robert Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Queen Mary, University of London.

Thirty years ago, a tide of revolutions swept through Eastern Europe, triggering the collapse of the Communist bloc, the reunification of Germany and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Symbolised by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the events of 1989 stirred a heady brew of emotions in the West, ranging from amazement and admiration to fear and trepidation. For Margaret Thatcher, the collapse of communism might have been a moment of triumph; yet her attempts to slow the pace of change put her at odds with other world leaders and out of step with opinion in Britain. Barely a year later, she herself would fall from power. This lecture assesses the role of the 1989 revolutions in the fall of Margaret Thatcher. It explores the hopes and fears that animated Thatcher's response, and asks what this might tell us about Thatcherism, Euroscepticism and the significance of the Cold War in modern British politics.

Tickets for this free event are available here.