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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

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

George Akita

University of Hawai'i Press

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given that the analyses of non-Japanese scholars are notably useful for the insights they provide in interpreting the unpublished primary documents.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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