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Japan under the Shôguns: Teachers

Year 8 History: Middle Ages and early exploration | Japan under the Shoguns (c.794 – 1867)

The Tokugawa Shoguns (Tokugawa-ke godaiki). Source: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2020).

Level 1 resource"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.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities

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Enduring Understandings

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.

Essential Questions
  • 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?

Japan under the Shoguns | Teachers: Online resources

Japan under the Shoguns | Teachers: Curriculum documents

Background information"An extensive secondary school curriculum was authored for Visualizing Cultures by Lynn Parisi, Meredith Melzer, Kathy Krauth, Karen Johnson, & Patty Koller and is available here. Workshops and teaching training is actively carried out and the materials are being taught in many schools and used in universities. The units have become widely-used educational resources for secondary school educators, drawing on the site’s curricula, and higher education academics alike. The curricula for VC units “China in the World” and “Yokohama Boomtown” won, respectively, the 2011 and 2009 Franklin R. Buchanan prize from the Association of Asian Studies for best curricular materials concerning Asia." (MIT, 2015)

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