Japan Lecture Notes.docx - FIRST VIDEO 1868 meiji resoration crucial time for japan which sets them apart from asia and the undeveloped world at the

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FIRST VIDEO:1868- meiji resoration crucial time for japan which sets them apart from asia and the undeveloped world at the timeIt was a period of rejuvenation and renewal made by emperor meiji and his associatesAfter 250 years of social isolationism, Perry forcibly opens trade with Japan even though they were inferior to US1798- napoleon invaded Egypt which got Europe involvedEuropeans were taking over Africa in 1800 brits took over indiaDutch brits and French took over south east asia shortly after 1839- brits declare a war on china over opium opium wars, Europeans beat themInstead of fighting the Europeans which the Chinese and Indonesians and Indians did, Japanese embraced the Europeans because they couldn’t beat themThis revolutionized the societyNo other Asian state or any other state had ever gone through a renewal, japan went off but china went downComplete redo of the entire society in order to catch up with the west, the entire country united to be nationalistic and wanted to push it t the next levelMeiji wanted to change society in order to become a major power like the westMeiji points:o1. Ban the samurai and get rid of feudal order (entire history and tradition were erased) retrain military to be modernized and like west, military has been the same for 1,000 years (LAST SAMURAI MENTIONED) lots of samurais rebelled against thi renovation and 1877- Battle of Shiroyama to get rid of the last samurais , new tech and culture oAbsorb western technologies by taking intellectuals and shipping them to different parts of the world in order to learn their western ways, opened new technologies apart and analyzed them so well in order to craft the new tech, made steam engines and railroad cars , sips, cars, and many other things, duplicated technology and made it themselves so they no longer have to buy from other countriesoAdopt western systems, constitutional monarchy, banking system were the same, new industries on free market capitalismoEmulate western culture, dressed like them and pop culture, toothpaste came from us not Europeans, western education adopted30 or 40 years lastedJapan doesn’t have resources, so they start looking elsewhere abroad1900- japan is not a world power, but a power the west cant control or manipulate, japan has a better economy and militarySets them apart from asia or the underdeveloped worldChina floundering by 1900, south asia and Africa controlled by Europeans, japan is strong while their neighbors are weak causes friction in 20thcentury VIDEO 2:Became modernized, westernized, industrialized, and importantly militarized
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