How Did the Tokugawa Period Contribute to the Economical and Political Success of Modern Japan?

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How did the Tokugawa Period contribute to the economical and political success of Modern Japan?


Important aspects of the Tokugawa period led to the development of Early Modern Japan. The Tokugawa Shogunate’s evolving economic and political structure became the foundation for the political economy of the rapid modernisation of Japan, which was to follow after.

Tokugawa Leyasu, the great Shogun
This period between 1603 (when Tokugawa Leyasu became the great “Shogun” of the Tokugawa Shogunate) and 1867 (when Tokugawa Yoshinobu formally returned political authority to the emperor) is also called the Edo Period. Edo is the former name for what is now Tokyo. This period was named after Edo castle, where the emperor
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He was the leader of the Shogunate in Edo and administered the most powerful han (domain), the House of Tokugawa.

The bakuhan taisei was the feudal (mixture of military and legal) system in the Edo period in Japan.
Baku, or “tent” as an abbreviation of bakafu, meaning “military government”- that was the Shogunate.

Samurai Warrior
Samurai Warrior
The Daimyo were on the top underneath the reigning Shogun. They were the “lords” of the hierarchy. They were given provincial domains to rule independently, in return of loyalty to the Shogun.
The Daimyos provided the Samurai’s with the income from their agricultural lands. In turn, the warriors or the Samurai’s protected their lands and fought with their enemies.

Samurai Warriors Tokogawa Period
Samurai Warriors Tokogawa Period

Samurai Warrior
Samurai Warrior

The warrior caste- the Samurai, was working under the Daimyo, but in smaller regions the Samurai took on the role of the Daimyo as well because most Daimyo were trained as Samurai and therefore also acted as local rulers. They collected taxes from the peasants, which came in form of grown goods. They were not allowed to own any land but fought for a lord in a feudal relationship. They dealt with all the military affairs of the country protecting it from any kind of internal or external war.

The Ronin was another class of the Samurai community. The difference between Samurai and

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