Defence has been one of those issues closely associated with Mrs Thatcher and which she pushed to the fore in two election campaigns. The stress on the importance of maintaining robust military capabilities meant that she was often twinned with Ronald Reagan as the architect of the more hard-line policies adopted by the West during the early 1980s. However, while there might have been similarities between the two leaders in their intuitive hawkishness and evident readiness to use armed force in pursuit of national objectives, Thatcherism turned out to be quite distinct from Reaganism.


Labour Party Defence Policy Ballistic Missile Defence Effort Defence Budget 
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© Oxford University Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Freedman
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  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK

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