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History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and AmericaFrom the Great War to Thatcher and Reagan$
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Reba Soffer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208111.001.0001

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Epilogue: The Future of the Conservative Past

Epilogue: The Future of the Conservative Past

(p.287) Epilogue: The Future of the Conservative Past
History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America

Reba N. Soffer

Oxford University Press

The Epilogue compares the kinds of conservatism that dominated Britain and America and the ideas that were held in common and separately, especially in the decades following the Second World War, which saw Britain's relative decline and the emergence of America as the unchallenged world power politically, economically, and culturally. The conservative historian's influence upon thought and policy is assessed as part of a discussion of why, with the advent of both Thatcher and Reagan in the 1970s, the conservative ideas and prescriptions previously advocated by British and American conservative historians and accepted by a powerful and popular audience were essentially denied.

Keywords:   relative decline, unchallenged world power, Britain, America, Thatcher, Reagan, conservative, historians

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