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Source: The last attack of the Kusunoki at Shijonawate by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1847. (Rijksmuseum, 2020)
"The third shôgun, Tokugawa Iemitsu,... enforced isolation from much of the rest of the world in the seventeenth century, believing that influences from abroad (meaning trade, Christianity, and guns) could shift the balance that existed between the shôgun and the feudal lords. He was proven right two centuries later, when change came in the form of Perry's ships." (Asia for Educators, Columbia University, 2009)
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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)
Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.
Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)
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Students will form some understanding of Japanese history and culture. They will come to understand the implications of contact between cultures and the threat caused to non-European cultures of European imperialism.
- What was Japanese society like before and during the reign of the shoguns?
- What led to the rise of the Shoguns?
- How did Japan change under the rule of the shoguns?
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Japan under the Shoguns | Politics & Power: Introduction
The weakness of the Tokugawa shogunate before the Western demand for trade, and the disruption this trade brought, eventually led to the downfall of the Shogunate and the creation of a new centralised government with the emperor as its symbolic head." (Asia for Educators, Columbia University, 2009)
Japan under the Shoguns | Politics & Power: Articles
Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, 16th Century Unifier of Japan (ThoughtCo, 2019, July 3)
"Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1539–September 18, 1598) was the leader of Japan who reunified the country after 120 years of political fragmentation. During his rule, known as the Momoyama or Peach Mountain age, the country was united as a more-or-less peaceful federation of 200 independent daimyo (great lords), with himself as an imperial regent." (ThoughtCo, 2019, July 3)
The Kamakura Period: Shogun Rule and Zen Buddhism in Japan (ThoughtCo, 2019, February 9)
"The Kamakura Period in Japan lasted from 1192 to 1333, bringing with it the emergence of shogun rule. Japanese warlords, known as shoguns, claimed power from the hereditary monarchy and their scholar-courtiers, giving the samurai warriors and their lords' ultimate control of the early Japanese empire. Society, too, changed radically, and a new feudal system emerged." (Szczepanski, 2019, February 9)
Shogunate, (Britannica Middle, n.d.)
"For most of the period between 1192 and 1867, the government of Japan was dominated by hereditary warlords called shoguns. The word shogun means “general.” The government of a shogun is called a shogunate. The term used in Japan to describe their rule is bakufu, which literally means “tent government” and suggests the field headquarters of a general while on campaign." (“Shogunate”, n.d.)
The Shoguns: Japan's Military Leaders (ThoughtCo, 2019, February 10)
"The word "shogun" comes from the Japanese words "sho," meaning "commander," and "gun," meaning "troops." In the 12th century, the shoguns seized power from the Emperors of Japan and became the de facto rulers of the country. This state of affairs would continue until 1868 when the Emperor once again became the leader of Japan." (Szczepanski, 2019, February 10)
What Was the Bakufu?The Military Government Ruled Japan for Nearly Seven Centuries (ThoughtCo, 2019, January 28)
"The bakufu was the military government of Japan between 1192 and 1868, headed by the shogun. Prior to 1192, the bakufu—also known as shogonate—was responsible only for warfare and policing and was firmly subordinate to the imperial court." (Szczepanski, 2019, January 28)
Hojo family, (Britannica Middle, n.d.)
"The governing power of Japan from 1199 until 1333 was in the hands of neither the emperors nor the military rulers called shoguns. It was exercised instead by successive members of the Hojo family, who acted as regents (or governors) for the shoguns." (“Hojo family”, n.d.)
Meiji, (Britannica Middle, n.d.)
"For several centuries before the year 1868, Japan was governed by warlords called shoguns. When the emperor Meiji Tenno was crowned in 1868, the last shogunate—that of the Tokugawas—ended, and Japan began its radical transformation from a feudal society into one of the most powerful nations in the modern world." (“Meiji”, n.d.)
Japan under the Shoguns | Politics & Power: eBooks
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Publication Date: 2011
The samurai were the warrior class of feudal Japan for hundreds of years. They led other soldiers to war on the battlefield, and their weapons and armor made them formidable opponents. Readers will learn the history of the samurai, their weapons and fighting styles, and what ultimately led to their decline.
A Shogun's Guide by
Publication Date: 2017
I am a fearless shogun, the military ruler of Japan. People are afraid of me--and they should be. I have even more power than the emperor. I followed the rules to achieve my high position--and you should, too. Social classes must stay in their proper places. I will not stand for uprisings or pirates. We must all be honorable, disciplined, and respectful. I also insist on riches, fine food, and beauty throughout the land. And strong fighters and a well-guarded castle, of course. Read the rest of my rules to learn more about my great power. What could possibly go wrong?
Samurai: Great Warriors by
Publication Date: 2013
Who are the brave warriors of history and of today? This title discusses the origin of samurai, their historical development, famous examples, key skills, and traits, along with details about weapons, training, and missions. Special features include sidebars, infographics, on-page definitions, online search sidebar, further evidence sidebar and primary sources. This title also includes a timeline, glossary, Web links, index, and common core activities.
Samurai: Warriors Around the World by
Publication Date: 2016
This book reveals to readers the samurai code of conduct, including their fierce dedication to discipline and moral character. And although they are renowned for their skills at war, the samurai were a fierce military powerhouse, making up the empire's ruling class in 1192 and ruling Japan until 1868. Readers will also learn about the softer side of the samurai and their profound influence on the culture, in part thanks to the influence of Zen Buddhism. Readers will also get a glimpse into the techniques and weapons used by these endlessly fascinating people.
Government in the Ancient World by
Publication Date: 2011
This amazing book provides a snapshot of systems of government used by various ancient civilizations. Engaging illustrations, detailed timelines, and fascinating information bring back to life the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, Africa, China, and more. Read about: what a Chinese'dynasty'was; the invention of the idea of democracy in Greece; the role of a samurai warrior in Japan; Mesopotamia's eye-for-an-eye system of ancient justice.
Japan under the Shoguns | Politics & Power: Videos
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