OSHR 1147 - Thatcher and Thatcherism

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Margaret Thatcher was Great Britain's first female Prime Minister and someone whose distinctive ideologically-based policies have become known as Thatcherism. This course will examine how a provincial grocers' daughter rose to be the longest-serving 20th century British Prime Minister, but was removed from office by her own party despite having led it to victory in three elections.

It will attempt to answer several key questions: How was it possible for a lower middle-class woman to become the head of a party normally led by upper-class men? In what ways did her gender affect Thatcher's policies and leadership style? What was Thatcherism? Why did her own party remove her from office? Was Britain's recent decision to leave the European Union part of Thatcher's legacy?

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Hal Smith

Hal Smith taught history for forty years at the University of Houston-Victoria, the University of Montana, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain for his historical research. A social historian with a special interest in women's history, he is the author or co-author of six books, and has been teaching courses on Nazi Germany since 1976.