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Evaluating Evidence: A Positivist Approach to Reading Sources on Modern Japan

George Akita


This book is based on the grueling lessons learned by a senior scholar during three decades of tutoring by, and collaboration with, Japanese historians. The book argues for an inductive process in which the scholar seeks out facts on a subject and, through observation and examination of an extensive body of data, is able to discern patterns until it is possible to formulate certain propositions. The book relates how and why the author decided to adopt a positivist approach and explains what he means by the term as it applies to humanistic studies. It enumerates the difficulties linked with rea ... More

Keywords: Japanese historians, positivist approach, primary sources, Yamagata Aritomo, published sources, transcribed sources, modern Japanese history, John W. Dower, Herbert P. Bix

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824825607
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824825607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Akita, author
University of Hawai'i at Manoa