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Jan_22_Japan - Meiji Japan To what extent did changes in...

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Meiji Japan To what extent did changes in the latter half of the nineteenth century build on what had gone before? Did the Meiji Restoration herald a revolution in politics and society, or simply a transition? Did modernization mean Westernization? These questions all basically concern the same theme-How did Japan change during the Meiji period? 1. Domestic situation In 19 century, under Tokugawa was a feudal state, decentralized political structure, but how did it become a centralized state? How did Japan reform itself with respect with the West? Feudal state was stable until American showed up, forced them to open up ports, unequal treaties threatened Japan’s sovereignty. Xenophobia: fear the foreigners. Japan No Samurai killed French who came through ports, Japanese government made Samurai to commit suicide in front of the French missioner. Japan showed an outward attitude. How does the past involve with the present for Meiji Japan? How did the new political system change over the old one? 1868, Shoguns were over thrown. How did Japan resolve its domestic situation? “past was uncivilized” “must respect Confucian virtues” “reject Christianity” A lot of contradictions in the society, contradictions Japan has to walk through
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