Japanese_Westernizes - Explain how the Japanese...

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Explain how the Japanese assimilation of some Western ideas enabled them to maintain their independence and become an imperial player by the end of the 19th century. Include identification of what aspects of western industrialized society were adopted and what aspects were not. At the beginning of the nineteenth century Japan was ruled by the Shogunate that had driven out foreign traders and missionaries and isolated the country from virtually all of the outside world. The first country to succeed in making economic contacts with the Japanese was America. In 1853 Commodore Perry sailed into modern day Tokyo with a letter from the president requesting economic friendship. However it wasn't until 1867 that Japan truly started to change and adopt western ideas. During the Meiji era the government began to study western country's system of government and customs. The first thing to happen was the removal of the daimyo or hereditary privileges that gave power over land. The lords that lost their titles and lands were instead given the title of governor. After studying different forms of government for almost two decades the form decided on was that of
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2008 for the course HIS 112 taught by Professor Ritter during the Spring '08 term at Central Piedmont Community College.

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