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Tokugawa Japan - Brief Look

Tokugawa Japan - Brief Look

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Tokugawa Japan - Brief Look

  1. 1. Japan 15th to 17th centuries
  2. 2. Before the1500s, Civil wars between daimyo, or rulers, led to political fragmentation and a feudal period in Japan. European arrival led the Japanese to adopt weapons (and trade goods) of Europe
  3. 3. Japan in the 1500s Christian missionaries, converted thousands with support from many daimyo.
  4. 4. The Tokugawa Shogunate The Tokugawa family gained enough power to “unify” most daimyos. (The Tokugawa family would rule Japan into the 1800s)
  5. 5. La Casa del Tokugawa
  6. 6. Tokugawa Japan The long tradition of the samurai continued. Shoguns no longer needed Christian support against Buddhists The Shoguns did not need European firearms or goods.
  7. 7. Tokugawa Japan The Tokugawa shoguns discouraged the use of firearms and severely limited European trade. Christian missionaries were outlawed and Christians were persecuted.
  8. 8. Self-Imposed Isolation (mid 17th c Foreign traders were only allowed in a few cities (Dutch and Chinese only) Japanese could not travel abroad Western books were banned School of National Learning promoted Japanese identity
  9. 9. Keeping an eye on the “hairy barbarians” For the next centuries, the Japanese elite kept contact with developments in Europe through trade contacts with the Dutch.
  10. 10. Japan flourished in isolation Increased centralization and improved bureaucracy of the central government based in Edo (Tokyo) Improved infrastructure and education
  11. 11. Japan flourished in isolation Merchants, artisans, and manufacturers increased their wealth and power in internal trade. Urban areas grew in population and status Cultural life flourished
  12. 12. Kabuki Theater
  13. 13. Block printing

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