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Evaluating EvidenceA Positivist Approach to Reading Sources on Modern Japan$
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George Akita

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824825607

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824825607.001.0001

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Hara Kei Nikki and Eiin Hara Kei Nikki Compared

Hara Kei Nikki and Eiin Hara Kei Nikki Compared

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(p.53) Chapter 3 Hara Kei Nikki and Eiin Hara Kei Nikki Compared
Evaluating Evidence

George Akita

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines a major problem in reading published primary sources: the intervention of a third party between the writers of the documents and the ultimate user. This may be an editor, a compiler, a scholar, or a journalist who may or may not have a vested interest. The problem assumes specific urgency when the published source is highly regarded, widely used, and almost unconditionally accepted as a reliable source. The chapter demonstrates the dangers of third-party intervention by comparing the newly published seventeen-volume Eiin Hara Kei Nikki (EHKN), the photo reproduction of the diary in Hara Takashi's own hand, with the published Hara Kei Nikki (HKN).

Keywords:   published primary sources, third-party intervention, Eiin Hara Kei Nikki, Hara Kei Nikki, Hara Takashi, photo reproduction

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