Actually, it didn’t take very long. In many places, it was all over by 1972. And it was more of a stampede than a march.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Malcolm Bradbury’s classic novel The History Man. “The History Man” is Dr. Howard Kirk, not an historian but a sociologist. As Dr. Kirk and his creator would be the first to concede, fiction is not life and life is not fiction. But Howard would go on to point out that the superstructure — culture — inevitably reflects the substructure — the social relations of production. The History Man could not have been written in the early ‘70s if breathtaking changes hadn’t already taken place at British, and American, universities.