Feudalism: Japan vs. Europe Feudalism changed the way people lived their everyday life. There was a point where people had to rely on others for stabilization and support. Though there is only one purpose of feudalism, it had different effects throughout the world. European feudalism was based on contract where as Japanese feudalism was based on personal relationship with the lords and vassals.
Other countries such as the Netherlands and Portugal had continued to trade with Japan throughout the Tokugawa ban. However the conditions that they had to live in were very harsh. Neither one of these countries colonised Japan either. (The Kingdom of the
Imperialism is a policy of extending a country 's power and influence through colonization, use of military force, or other means (dictionary, 2017). It has changed many nations and cultures. The US’s interference on the reign of the Shogun era, gave power back to Empower Meiji and brought about changes to trade with the western world, which lead to the adoption of American education systems and government reform. Because of Japan opening its borders and signing a treaty with the U.S, a trade route was opened and modern technologies were introduced to Japan.
Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, and has been one of the most significant figures in Japanese history. Besides being such a successful and powerful ruler, Ieyasu had immensely changed the way Japanese society was structured and organised. From 1603-1608, Tokugawa began the modernisation of Japan. He became the first shogun who had more power over the emperor, and started changing the ways of Japan’s trade, economy, agriculture and social hierarchy. Ieyasu’s ‘main political goal was to cut off the roots of potential dissent and rebellion’ (University of Colorado, 2015); he did so when his army was victorious at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600.
Many European countries held a lot of power internationally, but they were also excluded from Japan, making it even harder for the Japanese to modernize, “By 1800, however, Japan 's rulers were aware of an increasingly aggressive European presence. Sporadic encounters with Russian, U.S., and British ships that had entered
The Leysu dynasty brought years of peace and prosperity in Japan, including the rise of a new merchant class
Japan didn’t open to foreigners until the mid-19th century. Japan quickly realized the situation and began to modernize and westernize as fast as possible. Japan wanted to be strong enough to resist domination of western imperialists who wanted Japan for their own. Japan also wanted to become the strongest Asian country. Japan’s tactics of rapid modernization succeeded, and kept the country and government independent of foreign control.
During the Tokugawa Shogunate, did the emperor have any power? If so, what? When the emperor Tokugawa Shogunate came into power he continued with, and made bigger changes to what Hideyoshi had started. He disarmed peasants, removed a lot of the source of rebellion that seemed to haunt Japan.
The importance of Tokugawa Leyasu taking control included the fact of the Tokugawa shogonate being established bringing along with it 264 years of peace and order. Huge changes which occurred during the reign of the tokugawa family including the introduction of a strict class system and the control of the ruling daimyo families which also made maintaining peace in Japan very easy. Japan 's increased trade and tourism contributed positively to the wealth and success of Japan. These rapid economical and social changes in Japanese society helped to prepare for fast modernization in the following time period. Tokugawa Leyasu had a significant impact on Japan as he established the tokugawa shogunate which brought wealth, peace and education to Japan.
Before this industrialization in 1968, was the Boshin war, which was directly responsible for the Meiji Restoration, due to the fact that after the war, Japan wanted to have one central power, which resulted in Japan’s government wanting to become like an already successful government with one central power, America, however they did not want America’s culture, but merely the style of government, which resulted in Japan becoming much more western. Then after the war, the Meiji Restoration started, which was the new government taking over Japan, this started a westernization movement in Japan, and during this westernization, industrialization started, and then it settled all throughout Japan, building factories, and machines. Similar to this, Russia experienced the Crimean war, which was essentially a wake-up call for Russia to industrialize after it’s terrible loss to both Britain and France, to add to the losses, after that, Japan and Russia fought, and Russia lost horribly, which shocked the entire
They invested money into infrastructure, regulatory systems, and communication systems. This included modern roads, a modern postal system, a banking system, and a modern school system so that they could train their workers. Although the Industrial Revolution happened by chance in other countries, this was not the case in Japan. It was Japan moving out of Feudalism. The government leaders even sent observers around the world to catch up on all the modern techniques.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi impacted Japanese government in many ways. He acknowledged that an unstable peace and constant uncertainly had led to the practice of samurai farming and peasants to take up arms. To combat this, he issued decrees that defined the social status and duties of all Japanese. He banned everyone from having weapons besides samurai. Samurai were ordered back to towns.
There are many reasons why Japanese nationalism reached the levels it did throughout Hirohito’s reign. The Meiji period, from 1868 to 1912, was a great source of nationalism for the Japanese, as it glorified them and dehumanized the Chinese, showing them as savages. This nationalism from the Meiji period carried over to when emperor Hirohito ascended as Emperor of Japan in 1926 and manifested as ultraconservatism. After the left “disintegrated”, ultra-nationalism, even chauvinism began to come forth, further fueled by Hirohito’s role as a god. This Japanese nationalism became extreme to the point it created an atmosphere of fear and tension, where even Hirohito was unable to change the political, social, and economic climate previous to World
Two months after December 7, 1941, when Japanese launched their aircraft to attack American Pacific fleet, Hawaii, which killed 2,403 American citizen, soldiers, and civilians and sink many boats, airplanes, President Roosevelt signed the Executive Order 9066 to designate military area which targeted to more than 110,000 Japanese American people living along the West Coast. This Order raised up the unfair situation in the America’s society, deeply affect to the economic and the military camp did not provide enough safety condition for all Japanese America.