Anneke Ribberink

is a member of the Faculty of Arts of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on political women at an international level, including Margaret Thatcher (UK), Alva Myrdal (Sweden), Gro Harlem Brundtland (Norway), Madeleine Albright (USA), Marga Klompé and Hilda Verwey-Jonker (The Netherlands). She is co-editor of Life Writing Matters in Europe (Heidelberg 2012).


Maggification - a personal reading

The historiography of Margaret Thatcher's theatre of politics

Margaret Thatcher’s creation of her own “spectacle of perfection” has not gone unchallenged in subsequent biographies. Anneke Ribberink looks at the varying degrees of sympathy with which historians and journalists have portrayed aspects of Thatcher’s political persona.

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