Modern - Defining the term "modern" in terms of...

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Defining the term “modern” in terms of history cannot be done with one simple phrase or single description . The word modern can mean many different things when set in different contexts . When trying to describe the history of a country, the word modern is related to the word modernity, or modernism . With this considered, it is a redefining of a countries culture, politics, agriculture, industry, and many other aspects that contribute to the society of the country . The countries not to be considered “modern” were regarded as lesser nations and not as “up-to-date” as the countries considered to be modern . When Kazuma Azuma sets out on his conquest of creating Japan’s national bread, this can be considered a step toward the encouragement a nation becoming modern . This is an example of progress, and growth in a nation, Japan, but is not limited to only cooking . Striving to become modern extends to all the other aspects of a society, from the industry to politics . In these aspects, a country transforming from its current ways that were considered to be “holding them back”, was exactly what the country was looking to do in order to become modern . This required change in the everyday actions of the countries people requiring them to adapt their world . Though this change may be difficult, it is only necessary in the attempt of a nation to entitle itself as being modern . To others, involved in the arts, philosophy, etc ., they believed that their old forms of art, philosophy, etc . were too outdated for the present, and new more “modern” ways were needed. This meaning of modern is similar to the other definition, but what needed to grow and make progress was different . Even with these differences, the country realizing that there needs to be a change is the piece to the puzzle that countries need to find in order to become modern .
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The most recent form of imperialism is recognized as the country of Japan . Imperialism can be defined as describing either an action or an attitude . The action of Japan taking over Taiwan and parts of Korea defines the action of imperialism that Japan took over those places and forced upon them the Japanese political and economic views . This relates to the attitude of Japan considering themselves as superior and dominant to those other countries . This also directly relates to what it means to be modern . If a country isn’t considered modern, as a result, the country is not superior to any other country . If the countries culture, industry, politics and other parts that make up a society are outdated, and not up to the standards of other parts of the world, then there is no fear driven into the other countries . In turn, being a modernized country gives the country the opportunity to become superior and dominant to those countries which have not developed up to the optimal rank of “modern .” Since the countries of Taiwan and parts of Korea were not considered to be modern like Japan, it gave the Japanese the “opening” to
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