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does the fall of the British empire explain why the grand narratives died in history?

I have not kept up on modern historiography - but the tell could be finding ongoing grand narratives, especially triumphal ones, and comparing those to the situation of the culture in which they arose. My problem is my gag reflex tends to prevent me from delving deeply enough into such histories to know.

I suspect, however, that the grand narrative could have been sustained for the USA at least into the 80s. And while the post-modernist critiques have seriously undercut such views, I don't think we can say that the US triumphalists have capitulated. But these are not the sorts of efforts that are widely supported in US Academia. History is still widely presented devoid of any meaningful social theory framework. This was the stronghold of Marxist historians and thus remains suspicious in the USA.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 03:35:12 PM EST
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