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Ashley1Ashley, TernaeciaProfessor Michael McNallyEastern Civilization15 November 2016In the 19thcentury, due to an extended duration of isolationism, both China and Japanwere placed under pressure from the West to open to both foreign relations in addition to trades.In result of the Industrial Revolution that had taken place in Europe and the United States, aschism was created, causing China and Japan’s technology and military to be behind.Unfortunately, because neither China nor Japan obtained the power to stand up to the Westernnations, eventually both were forced to sign unequal treaties that forced them to open their portsand cities to foreign merchants. However, the two Asian nations response to the West’sincreasing pressure to open to a trade were completely different. While Japan surrendered toWestern pressure, China rebelled, causing successful modernization to Japan and failure toChina. Although Western books had been banned since the 17thcentury, due to the fear ofChristian influence, Japan obtained much more interest than China pertaining to gainingknowledge about and from the West. Due to the relationships formed with the West, both Japanin addition to China were heavily affected in several aspects: politically, economically, andsocially.

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Term
Fall
Professor
Michael McNally
Tags
Opium Wars, Qing Dynasty, First Opium War, Second Opium War

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