[Harp-L] re: Who on earth is Anton the Plumber?
All quotes from Smokey Joe:
"I read the article and can only say that anyone who does research
uses bits and pieces from OTHER people's writing. So this article is
speculation and since the author wasn't born in 1835, there is no way
to prove it. In fact, none of you 3 were born in 1835. lol"
That is the point I was trying to make. There can be no definitive
statements made, and so when they are made, especially when made as
if they are known and by someone who wishes to be seen as a serious
researcher, that is a significant error. In areas like early
harmonica history where most things are unknown, then that is how
they should be presented.
"But you're saying that anything a German wrote about Germany was
automatically accepted by all Germans. In other words there were no
Germans who took these writings with a large grain of salt. In other
words millions of Germans were oblivious to wool being pulled over
History as a political tool is a strong force, especially when most
people want to believe it. In a case like this, it helped feed into
the force of nationalism. There were undoubtedly some who wouldn't
believe it, but then, as there was less ability to know what was
going on in other areas of the world, there was less ability to
refute it. And most people in the 19th and early 20th centuries,
especially in the caste-like societies of Europe, deferred to those
in positions of authority, in this case academics. It is significant
that well into the end of the 20th century most people in the field
would probably not have questioned the Bauschman-Richter-Hohner line
of harmonica history, in Germany and elsewhere.
"What I'm seeing here is that you tend to give some people
credibility while others are left wanting."
Credibility is either earned or lost. I find those credible who can
back up their claims. Similarly those who jump to conclusions, can
be shown to be wrong by their own writing and fail to grasp basic
issues I find lack credibility. Those who never deal with direct
questions very quickly loose my respect. Those who avoid the issues
raised and attack the individual have no credibility.
()() JR "Bulldogge" Ross
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