Meiji Restoration Causes And Effects Essay

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The causes and effects of Japan's Meiji Restoration(1868) from 1840 to 1920 were important to Japan and to the rest of the international community. The Meiji Restoration was influential in the industrialization of East Asia and increased globalization with countries outside of Europe and North America. The context of this Meiji Restoration was the increased influence and trade of European and North American countries on other countries around the world. There was the Berlin Conference that partitioned Africa into different colonies and the race for colonies and spheres of influence in East Asia(including Japan).

The causes of the Japanese Meiji Restoration can be explained through many of the documents listed. For example, in Document 1, it
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For example, Document 4 shows the new constitution of the Japanese Empire in 1889. This shows that the Meiji Restoration has the effect of Westernizing Japan and causing Japan to end its shogun state and turn to more of a constiutional monarchy state. This document is relevant to analyzing the effects of Japan's Meiji Restoration because it shows that the Meiji Restoration changed how Japan functioned as a government. Next, Document 5 tells what a Japanese politician 50 years later says about how the Meiji Restoration changed Japan. He says that the Meiji Restoration helped Japan's economy and helped grow Japan's empire. This document is relevant to analyzing the effects of Japan's Meiji Restoration because it shows that the Meiji Restoration helped Japan's economy and helped Japan become a imperial superpower. Document 6 shows the land and influence gains from 1875-1910 and how Japan grew to be a superpower. This document is relevant to analyzing the effects of Japan's Meiji Restoration because it shows that as a result of the Meiji Restoration, Japan grew to become a major superpower. The author's purpose for this document was to show that changes in government and industrialization help Japan grow from a tiny island nation to a strong island empire. Last but not least, Document 7 shows the growth of railways and Japanese firms each decade for 40 years. This document is

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