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Race and riots in Thatcher's Britain

Simon Peplow


In 1980–1, anti-police collective violence spread across England. This was the earliest confrontation between the state and members of the British public during Thatcher’s divisive government. This powerful and original book locates these disturbances within a longer struggle against racism and disadvantage faced by black Britons, which had seen a growth in more militant forms of resistance since World War II. In this first full-length historical study of 1980–1, three case studies – of Bristol, Brixton, and Manchester – emphasise the importance of local factors and the wider situation, conclu ... More

Keywords: Race, Riots, Protest, Racism, Black British, Activism, Public Inquiries, Political Participation, Policing, Thatcher

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526125286
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526125286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Peplow, author
Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter