Rise of Imperial Japan
"We are what we pretend to be, therefore we must be careful what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut

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Power-Point Presentations
Rise of Imperial Japan
Internet History of Modern Japan
Japan Meets the West
Tokugawa Shogunate
Meiji Restoration
Japan: WWI to WWII

Respectful Accountable Prepared and Punctual

Japan - Shogun to Emperor to Empire to Democracy & Capitalism

        This page provides a detailed anlaysis of the events that culminated in the rise of Imperial Japan as a dominant Industrial International Power.  The following Japan's conquest of East Asia and the South East Pacific & its eventual conflict with the United States.

        Japan was a feudalistic society up until the mid to late 1800's.  For centuries Japan had been ruled by an Emperor, thought to be the living descendant of their God, and the nobles.  Japan was isolated from western contact by the Pacific Ocean and the broad expanse of the Asian Continent. The country was ruled by traditional values and a conservative social structure.  Yet, the modern world would catch up with the Samurai and Traditional Japanese lifestyle.Under the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867), fiefs controlled directly by the Tokugawa family, or controlled indirectly through related or allied daimyo (feudal lords), formed the basis of government. Less trustworthy daimyo were left in outlying fiefs and were closely watched. Each daimyo was free to govern the family fief but could be deposed by the shogun and had to attend him every second year in Edo (modern Tokyo). The Tokugawa shogunate gave Japan peace and stability for more than 250 years, until the Meiji Restoration brought it to an end.  The map below depicts the areas under control of the Tokugawa Shogunate.


        Tokugawa Japan was a stable agrarian based society.  However, the pressures of the western Industrial world began to encroach upon the seas that surround the Islands of Japan.  The Japanese were confronted with a dilemma - do they stick to the traditinal agriculturally based society and shun the forces of capitalism and industrialization or do they embrace those forces and sacrifice certain elelements of traditional Japanese life. (today this is a process referred to by contemporary scholars as "Globalization").  The Tokugawa Shogunate collapsed under the pressures of change.  The Samurai and traditional Japanese culture were replaced with the quest to become the next modern world power.  The keys to this goal were: Western Education, Western Military Forces, and Western Industrial Technology.


Japanese Imperialism & World War II
Use this link to acces the videos on the rise of the Japanese Empire and the outbreak of World War II. Follow the instructions on the website to complete the assignment. Make sure to enter your full name in the Student Code Center. The student code for this assignments is: T649D-FBC5. Once you get to the assignment page: click on the link for the video. Another page will load with the information for the video: click "Play" on the right side of the page. Thank you and enjoy.
Japanese Imperialism & WW II

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