In life as in death? Margaret Thatcher (mis)remembered
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Margaret Thatcher was literally a legend in her own lifetime. Her death in April 2013, however, affords us with a fantastic opportunity to map and perhaps qualify the common wisdom about her and her governments. This article analyses the leading articles and obituaries published on her death in Britain’s national newspapers. How does the picture painted in them of Thatcher and her governments match what most academics would see as the reality? What do they over- and under-emphasize, or even miss out altogether? And what chance is there that more rounded and realistic accounts will eventually triumph?