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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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Now That We Have These Primary Sources

Now That We Have These Primary Sources

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(p.65) Chapter 4 Now That We Have These Primary Sources
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Evaluating Evidence
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George Akita

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824825607.003.0004

This chapter illustrates how published and transcribed primary sources can be used to sustain, question, or strengthen some of the themes and approaches adopted by non-Japanese scholars working on modern Japanese history. The illustrations come from, but are not limited to, documents related to Yamagata Aritomo (1838–1922), a prominent figure in Japan's post-Restoration political history. However, the obverse is equally important for the non-Japanese scholar working on primary sources, given that the analyses of non-Japanese scholars are notably useful for the insights they provide in interpreting the unpublished primary documents. The chapter also includes papers of other key Meiji-Taishō political leaders and remarks on the relevance of Japan's post-Restoration political history for understanding political modernization.

Keywords:   published primary sources, transcribed primary sources, non-Japanese scholars, modern Japanese history, Yamagata Aritomo, Meiji-Taishō political leaders, post-Restoration, political modernization

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