The Thatcher Revolution - Society (Complete notes AQA - 12/16)

These notes are for the 'Making of Modern Britain' course on AQA and as such follow the spec, although would be useful for all modern britian courses. They contain hystoriography, detail and explanations. 

The notes are devided into the sections of the spec, therefore there are 16 documents (as there are 4 areas (politics, economics, society, and foriegn policy) and there are 4 periods (Post war, Wilson + heath, Thatcher, and Blair)). 

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The
`Thatcher'
Revolution
­
Society


The
social
impact
of
Thatcherism,
including
privatisations
and
sale
of
council

houses;
the
significance
of
the
Miner's
Strike,
1984-1985,
on
industrial
relations;

the
emergence
of
extra-parliamentary
opposition




Demographic
change


- Population

o 1975
56
million

o 1990
58
million

o Although
1975-78
population
fell
slightly…

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- July
1981
Brixton


o Fights
broke
out
between
Police
and
Black
youths
following

`operation
swamp'
which
involved
a
lot
of
searching
of
black

youths,
with
very
few
being
charged.


o West
Indian
community
fought
the
police
as
they
believed
them
to

be
racist,
and
the
police
believed
the
area…

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o Given
generous
discounts.

o Mortgages
had
been
deregulated.

o Historiography

! Marr
points
out
that
there
were
issues
to
follow
with

thousands
of
homes
being
repossessed
and
people
loosing

everything.

! Jeremy
Black
argues
that
under
Right
to
Buy
the
better

quality
housing
sold,
while
the
worst
housing
didn't,…

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o S.
Wallis


! `The
mass
media
like
to
report
violence
and
they
often

refuse
to
broadcast
details
of
peaceful
demonstrations.
This

pushes
anarchist
organisation
to
foment
violence
as
a
way

of
achieving
change'.

! `The
main
reason
for
the
[poll
tax]
riots
was
the
police

starting
it...
as
they…

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o Amstrad
computers
were
available.

- Education
was
a
great
consideration

o The
BBC
launched
the
Acorn
computer
for
schools,
costing
£400,

the
aim
was
to
improve
literacy
skills.



Feminism
and
Women



- Female
electoral
candidates
was
161
in
1974
highest
ever.


- A
women
was
elected
as
Prime
Minister…

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o Lowering
taxes
in
theory
encouraged
people
to
be
more
middle

class.

- Underclass

o There
was
a
dramatic
increase
in
homelessness
due
to
the
lack
of

council
housing,
lack
of
provision
for
ex
serviceman
and
the

closure
of
mental
health
homes
(according
to
J.
Black).

Football
hooliganism


- Drunken…

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