The Reforms Of Japan During The Nineteenth Century Essay

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Introduction

Japan, in the nineteenth century, has gone through much reform. Prior to the Meiji Period, much of what the citizens knew was based around farming and agriculture . Japan had not yet explored trade with other countries, aside from China, which happened during the Taika Reform. The Taika Reform, happening in mid-sixth century, “opened Japan to the incorporation of new ideas and institutions from China .” Many scholars associate the Meiji Reform to the Taika Reform, although the Taika Reform was thought out, and carefully executed . The ideal for the Taika Reform was an “orderly and fair system of government modeled on that of T’ang China .” T’ang China was a dynasty from 618-907 often associated with the high point of Chinese civilization, or ‘the golden age .” Both the Taika Reform and T’ang China could be thought of as primary stepping-stones to the Meiji Reform, and their desire to attain a new civilization. The Meiji period was a necessary revitalization for Japan to move from the Edo period and create factory work for women, even through the 1895 war with China.
Edo era to Meiji

The Edo era was a time of ruling from 1600 to 1863 in which a Tokugawa Shogun ruled Japan. Shoguns are “chief military commanders,” governing Japan they are said to have “given the country two and a half centuries of peace by emphasizing loyalty and learning, while providing enough money and freedom to spawn vibrant cities .” This emphasizes the positives of the Shogun…

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