Similarities And Differences In The 17th Century

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Register to read the introduction… While they could not participate in public affairs or politics, they were allowed to own land. However, the time came when Japanese women became almost completely subservient to their male counterparts. They were taught to run a household, but had virtually no other form of education. They were marriageable as early as they could groom themselves and sew clothes, which was generally around the age of 14 or 15. The major causes of the decline in Japanese women’s status, according to Sherman et al. (2006), are due to “…the introduction of feudalism and the emergence of a military society, along with the influence of Confucianism and Buddhism…” (p. 217). Sherman et al. (2006) contend that “…that status deteriorated since militarization and both sets of beliefs denigrated women” (p. 217). China was very influential on Japan customs and beliefs at this time. Japan was beginning to adopt ways and beliefs of the Chinese culture. While there was much change in a women’s status in Japan, women’s status went unchanged in Europe, even during the Reformation and the …show more content…
Japan had closed themselves off from the world and focused their on their own inner strengths, began changes from within its own walls such as the Samurai role, the government and making Samurai bureaucrats, a stronger military force, and incorporating feudalism. Europe wanted to expand into other continents, change religion and spread it to other cultures, civil wars were dividing the continent, and feudalism was being destroyed as their quest was commerce. There were many similarities as well. Women were not treated as equal to men in both cultures, there were major conflicts with religion (Japan with outside influences and Europe within), opening up their trading channels, and making major changes within their …show more content…
One of the longest standing and most important of all the factors that helped shape the contemporary world is trade. Without trade, there are many resources different cultures would be without. With the mixture of all the resources from all over the world, our world is vastly diverse and rich in culture. There are many inventions that may have not been possible without the variety of resources that are obtained from the many different cultures around the world. Other factors include military organization, religion, expansion, and the powers the government holds. All of these factors play a significant role in shaping today’s contemporary world.

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