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Thatcher's Progress
From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town

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Part of Modern British Histories

  • Publication planned for: June 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482660

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  • During the quarter of a century after the Second World War, the United Kingdom designated thirty-two new towns across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Why, even before selling council houses or denationalising public industries, did Margaret Thatcher's government begin to privatise these new towns? By examining the most ambitious of these projects, Milton Keynes, Guy Ortolano recasts our understanding of British social democracy, arguing that the new towns comprised the spatial dimension of the welfare state. Following the Prime Minister's progress on a tour through Milton Keynes on 25 September 1979, Ortolano alights at successive stops to examine the broader histories of urban planning, modernist architecture, community development, international consulting, and municipal housing. Thatcher's journey reveals a dynamic social democracy during its decade of crisis, while also showing how public sector actors begrudgingly accommodated the alternative priorities of market liberalism.

    • Places Britain's new towns programme within a global context
    • Offers fresh interpretations of the welfare state, social democracy, and market liberalism - three of the most significant subjects in twentieth-century historiography
    • Ranges widely across urban, architectural, political, and intellectual history
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    • Publication planned for: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482660
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Horizons
    2. Planning
    3. Architecture
    4. Community
    5. Consulting
    6. Housing
    Conclusion
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Guy Ortolano, New York University
    Guy Ortolano is an Associate Professor of History at New York University. He serves as an editor of Twentieth Century British History, and is also the author of The Two Cultures Controversy: Science, Literature and Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain (Cambridge, 2009).

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