I came across this entirely by accident.
I’ve been reading about the wars of Louis XIV and his tenacious opponent, William of Orange, the Netherlands’ leader who also became king of England with his wife, Mary (as in “William and Mary”), after the Glorious Revolution (1688-89).
Some of the very best studies are by Paul Sonnino. I don’t know him and, since I’m a political scientist, didn’t know where this distinguished historian was based. UC-Santa Barbara, it turns out.
On his departmental webpage, I came across this spectacular quote, which he put at the top of his self-description:
I approach history with a combination of radical empiricism, existentialism, and incomprehension, and I am completely opposed to the postmodern combination of nihilism, preciosity, and political correctness.
If you would like to read 3-4 of Prof. Sonnino’s very short essays on post-modernism, they are here as a PDF.