Japan Before the 20th Century

Japan Before the 20th Century - Japan Before the 20th...

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th Century: Isolation and Mimesis Mimesis- Imitation of other cultures European Contact ( 16 th and 17 th centuries) Japanese sense of cultural identity -Strongly ethnocentric culture -Fear of uncontrolled contact and “contamination” --Japanese views of Christianity (Europeans used Christianity to control countries) --Fear of outside domination Policy of Isolation ( early 17 th century-1853) Restrictions -ban on foreign books -ban on imported goods (limited trade) -foreigners prohibited from entering Japan -limitations on Japanese traveling outside Japan Exceptions -Limited Dutch trade -Dutch books Dutch showed them that they were only there to make money. Desecrated Christian objects, did not want to convert them to Christianity Consequences -Japan retains independence, initially -By 19 th century, Japanese independence is threatened *U.S./ European imperialism *U.S./ European economic/technical advantages *How will Japanese respond to this threat? Technical, Political, and Social developments before/during the period of isolation
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