How should history remember Margaret Thatcher?

Historians Dominic Sandbrook and David Priestland offer contrasting views on the ultimate legacy of Margaret Thatcher, one of Britain's most celebrated, yet divisive, prime ministers

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Even after her death in 2013, her record continued to be fiercely contested. (Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

David Priestland

“In 1979 Britain needed a jolt, but Thatcher’s solutions were socially corrosive and economically unsound”

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