Tokugawa Shogunate: The Role Of Imperialism In Japan

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Imperialism in Japan
Japan prior to the Meiji restoration was ruled in a hierarchy very similar to other European countries. The hierarchy was that of lords, samurai and then peasants. The Japanese equivalent to a king at the time was a military dictator called a shogun. During this time the capital was Kyoto and the shogun was part of the Tokugawa clan. That is why this period is referred to as the Tokugawa Shogunate. (Carrol)
Japan was very traditional during the Tokugawa Shogunate; there were a number of changes under the shogun rule in Japan which were very similar to those seen in the industrial revolution in England. The shogun also tried to close japan to western influence, by prohibiting things such as Christianity …show more content…

Even with the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and their laws that prohibited westerners. No countries wanted to take control over Japan. Rumours of coal being found in Japan sparked an interest in trade for the US. They did their naval superiority to force Japan to sign treaties which gave their people certain diplomatic privileges in Japan. (affairs)
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 …show more content…

Japan was in fact a nation that had it Empire. In the early stages of the Meiji period Japan wished to improve national relations with China, Korea and other Asian countries. However Korea rejected the trade proposal (1830-1870). In 1876 the Japanese navy used the exact same strategy as the Americans to open trade. Throughout this period there was also tension between China, Russia and Japan over the control of Korea, for its natural resources and for its strategic position. With Growing political tension between nations, a treaty was formed between Japan and China in 1885; this treaty gave China the political control over Korea. This treaty stood until 1894 when Japan demanded the control of Korea. This lead to the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895). (University of North Carolina

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