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This review is from: In Defence of History (Paperback)
The book challenges the self-designated left-wing radicalism of postmodernists. And the challenge came from a leftist. Postmoderism is a extreme relativism form of thinking, that opens the door to fascists and racists as well as radicals and progressives by allowing anybody to claim that their view of history, their reading of a document, is as valid as anybody else's, and by making it impossible to refute their arguments on anything but political grounds.
Pr. Evans hit the core of the problem that changed the quality of discourse in the educational world. Postmodernism is a form of skepticism combined with self-consciousness. Its adherents believe that no historical narrative can be considered authoritative, because writers always have political motives, whether they are aware of them or not. In short, they believe that there is no such thing as objectivity. Every claim is suspect, especially if it is generally accepted as true. The motives of every historian must therefore be scrutinized, except those of postmodernists themselves.
The educational system of my country, is "prisoner" in this form of historical thinking, a form that teach students "what to think" and not "how to think". Evans book exposes with scientific manner this way of thinking, reminds me the "Alan Sokal" case.