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Englishness and Empire 1939-1965$
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Wendy Webster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226641.001.0001

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(p.218) Epilogue
Englishness and Empire 1939-1965


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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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