How Did Ethiopia And Japan Resist Colonization

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Name: Zakisha H
Question: Compare colonial resistance in two colonies.
Resisting Europe
About two-thirds of the world was under the control of European power. “At some point west Europeans ruled most of the world but not all of it.”1 However, Ethiopia and Japan managed to maintain their sovereignty. Although, Japan and Ethiopia was not a colony of Europe it easily could have been one. The Ethiopians and Japanese both used defensive modernization to resist colonization. Defensive modernization is a process in which you modernize a country to protect it from being colonized. Its was like submitting to the colonization but the your country having full control. The colonizer still have influences in your country nevertheless you are not colonized. Furthermore, Japan might have used defensive modernization to each level, modernization starting with technology, laws and higher education. While, Ethiopia used religion to build their connection which enable them to modernize with weapons.
Ethiopia was one of the two countries in Africa that remained independent. A small country in eastern Africa was successful in resisting colonial power. In the first attempt when Italy tried to take control, the emperor Menelik II used skillful tactics to win this battle against European power. Abernathy calling it
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When Japan signed the treaties they recognized extraterritoriality: “immunity from the jurisdiction of local law, usually as the result of diplomatic negotiations.”17 Japan could not try foreigners if they committed a crime they were to return back home and be judge. This was called extraterritoriality and Japan found away around it. Wisely borrowing the laws from Britain they hired foreigners to do their Constitution and civil laws and just like that one of those commands diminished. “A key to the Meiji reformers success was borrowing of the western technology without indebted to western

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