Week 3 Application: Mutual Impact

Week 3 Application: Mutual Impact - In Japan prior to the...

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In Japan prior to the 1850s, Japanese soil was considered special and the thought of dealing with foreigners was, to many, a repulsive proposition. This is why in 1860 a group of seventeen samurai staged a surprise attack on the traveling coach of the S s hogunate’s chief policy maker – the man who signed the treaties with the U.S. a few years prior. After taking out the guards, they pried the door open and shot and hacked at Il, before finally dragging him out of the coach and beheading him (McClain, 2002). In 1840 and 1841, the British were fighting a war with China. This war was called “The Opium War,” so named because that’s exactly what it was all about. The Britons wanted to sell drugs to the Chinese people despite objections by the Chinese government. So, Great Britain fought for, and won, the right. This war, and its aftermath, started what is referred to as China’s “century of humiliation,” which lasted until 1949 and the communist revolution’s final victory (Wright, 2001). I bring up these subjects to demonstrate two ideas. The first is that there truly was a great schism between East and West. These regions of the world were separated by thousands of miles, much of that space being arid deserts. Because of that, their cultures had remained mutually exclusive for centuries. Secondly, because of Western domination in the late
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course HIST 2005 taught by Professor Professorforgot during the Spring '11 term at Walden University.

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