Early Japanese History Reading Notes

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Reading Notes: Chapter 9 All three main turning points in Japanese history are marked by an influx of an outside culture The island arc of Japan has the same range of climates as the United States Early Japan was remote Earliest evidence of human habitation comes from stone tools dating back to 30,000 BCE. Scholars think the stools were part of an Old Stone Age hunting and gathering culture. Japan has the oldest pottery in the world Society that created pottery: Jomon, after the ropelike, cord-pattern designs on the pottery All population figures for premodern Japan: “the most imponderable of the imponderables” Yayoi began migrating down from the Korean peninsula and across the Tsushima Straits to Japan at 300 BCE, movement may have been caused by the Chinese military expansion and wars between China and the nomadic chiefdoms to its north. Yayoi were different from the Jomon in language, appearance, and level of technology. Recent DNA studies suggest that modern Japanese and Koreans are closer to the Yayoi than to the Jomon Their agriculture was primitive, by first century Yayoi settlements had expanded so that wars were fought for the best land
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