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History Midterm - History Midterm writing ideas 1 Japan's Relations with the West and East Asia 1850s-1930s Japan's Tokugawa seclusion was abruptly

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History Midterm writing ideas: 1. Japan’s Relations with the West and East Asia, 1850s-1930s Japan’s Tokugawa seclusion was abruptly ended when Commodore Matthew Perry of US Navy forced Japan to open their ports to the west and for trade from 1853-54. Japan was no match militarily compared to the powers of the west so it ultimately gave into the new changes without much of a fight. Economically Japan practically changed overnight from a feudal state to a more centralized regime; this is recognized as the Meiji Restoration which began in 1868. The Meiji oligarchy (a small group of people who governed Japan) was sent around the world to learn about western progress, especially in the United States and Europe, they toured to learn about their system of govt, economy including businesses, factories, and shipyards. When they returned, they called for major reform of Japan to catch up to western world. They revised their four divisions of society that had ruled during the shogunate period: i. Samurai ii. Farmers iii. Artisans iv. Merchants 1. This took effect by 1871 2. This made Japan more democratic since almost everyone became of equal status
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They built an army and navy, schools, better shipyards, railroads, telegraph networks, and foreign diplomatic missions to help raise revenue which before relied on taxes by
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course HIST 200 taught by Professor Stein during the Spring '08 term at Bentley.

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History Midterm - History Midterm writing ideas 1 Japan's Relations with the West and East Asia 1850s-1930s Japan's Tokugawa seclusion was abruptly

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