Doing things differently since 1984
It may be of interest to a few people that Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Great Britain, died today. My first thought? “Oh, Margaret Thatcher! She’s the one who…. umm… was she prime minister during the 1970’s or 80’s?”
For most people, this wouldn’t be weird. But I have a Master’s degree in British History. From the UK. I studied history for 6 years, and got myself a few pieces of paper that tell the world that *I* am an expert. So what gives? Where is my fountain of knowledge about Margaret Thatcher?
That’s when I realized – my brain is missing two decades’ worth of history. I was born in the 1980’s. I’ve picked up the 1990’s and onward on my own by living them. No school would get away with not teaching the 1960’s. But the 1970’s and 1980’s weren’t really “history” when I was in school. I know lots of wide-sweeping concepts, but my knowledge about actual people and events are patched together from movies and from tidbits that people at least my parents’ age have mentioned here and there.
So, I’ve done what any self-respecting historian would have done – I’ve skimmed the internet for a crash-course in Thatcherism. In case you’re curious, or suffering the same knowledge deficiency as me, here’s a quick summary from your friendly “expert”:
So there you have it – a historian restored! R.I.P. Margaret Thatcher.