HIS Case Study 7

HIS Case Study 7 - 2 Some of the short term effects of the...

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Joshua Huver 4 February, 2008 T. Campbell HIS 1120 Case Study 7 1. The main reasons that Japan wanted to seclude itself from all other countries was mostly because of the Spanish and Portuguese explorers that seemed to ‘take over’ any land they touched. By forbidding Japanese residents from leaving, and foreigners from arriving, Japan thus became its own little secret; a myth to many at the time probably. The Japanese wanted to retain their culture and customs on their own terms with out missionaries telling them how to live and selling them goods that they don’t need. As protective the Chinese were of their culture and traditions, the Japanese were ten times as strict. The Chinese were free to come and go from Japan, and the five privileged cities of Japan were allowed to trade in silk with foreigners, but that is it.
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Some of the short term effects of the seclusion policy were the immediate removal of Christians and Spaniards from the island, and death for intolerance with the new laws. Japanese living outside of the island were to be put to death if they returned, definitely causing many tensions among families. Strict timeframes were given to trade ships that were not Chinese, making the Japanese silk very rare and worth a lot. Long term effects of the seclusion acts were drastic. As the rest of the world grew and went through reformation and renaissance, Japan remained in the medieval time period until the mid - 1800’s when American explorers landed. Japan was its own little time bubble, aside from the world and did not grow....
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