History, language, ideas and post-modernism: A materialist view

A materialist critique of postmodernism in which the highly problematical nature of the term is identified. The conflation of the term with poststructuralism is also discussed, and historians are urged to specify more precisely the use of these terms. Language and discourse have formed the basis of different positions adopted by Gareth Stedman-Jones and Patrick Joyce, and these differences are explored in detail. A positive conclusion emerges in which the broad and empirical nature of much of British historiography is thought still to offer much as the basis for historical scholarship.