Postmodernistically inspired approaches to historical writing have now been in evidence for well over 20 years, if Foucault’s volumes are included. Foucault, however, never claimed to be a postmodernist and, as we have seen, there is some warrant for this, although in both popular and academic perception he is so closely grouped with the tendency that it would amount to no more than a quibble to exclude him, and presumably not even Stedman Jones would do so. Certainly he has inspired many who do enthusiastically accept the label.
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