Japanese Imperialism In Japan

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Imperialism in Japan
Background:
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 and trade between its people and foreigners. With Japan closed off to western influence there was a lot economic growth with agriculture at its heart. There was an increase in urbanisation as well. At the same time Japan formed relations with other eastern countries such as China and Korea. (History.com staff, 2009) Imperialism and Colonisation:
Japan is one of the few countries in the world that have never been colonised. 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

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