"Thatcher, Europe and the World" was the second Global Britain Lecture for 2013. The lecture was delivered at Maastricht University on Tuesday, 28 May 2013.
The views expressed in this lecture are those of the speaker and do not reflect those of the British Government.
Lecture Synopsis: Margaret Thatcher’s recent death has reawakened an intensive debate on her record in office and her historical legacy. As an official historian, Patrick Salmon has had privileged access to many documents from the period, including those of the Prime Minister herself. In this lecture he looks at her role as an international statesman in order to assess her impact on international affairs and Britain’s position in the world. How much did she change things for the better and how much for the worse? How much did she leave unchanged?
Patrick Salmon is Chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle. He is the author of a number of books, including Scandinavia and the Great Powers 1890-1940 and (with the late John Hiden) The Baltic Nations and Europe. Most recently he has edited volumes on Britain and German Unification, 1989-1990 and on The Nordic Countries: From War to Cold War, 1944-1951 in the series Documents on British Policy Over-seas. He is currently working on a volume of documents on UK-South African relations in the 1980s