Compare And Contrast Meiji And Japanese Eras

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The single greatest change from the Tokugawa Era to the Meiji Era for the peasants, was not their condition of life, nor their status, but the liberation of thought. In the Tokugawa Era, the ruling class insisted on keeping the peasants ignorant, forbidding the peasants from attending school; “A good peasant is one who does not know the price of grain.” After the Meiji restoration, school attendance was compulsory for the peasant children, and many of the males became literate.Many peasants, such as Shibuya Teisuke, could articulate the conditions of the farmers, showing that they were no longer ignorant of their plight. Even so, in the Tokugawa and Meiji Eras, parents resorted to selling their children to survive, demonstrating the unbudging

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