Quote Originally Posted by TellMeAStory View Post
Actually, I find the primary sources that have later been proved wrong to be highly useful. After Pearl Harbor, the Oakland Tribune published a map that showed Japanese bombers headed straight for the San Francisco Bay Area. So it was wrong, but people at that time and place believed it, and chaos ensued. If the writer of historical fiction relied on modern scholarship alone, some very useful material would get overlooked.
I guess it wasn't 100% clear, but I certainly didn't mean we should rely on only secondary/more recent sources. But it is important to know what has been learned about the topic since the events in question. Basically, I'm talking about historiography.