Essay about The Effects of Western Imperialism on China and Japan

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The Effects of Western Imperialism on China and Japan

China and Japan had very different experiences with Western Imperialism .
Their reactions to western interference would lay a foundation for their destiny in a world that was rapidly progressing forward , leaving the traditional world behind . China viewed themselves as totally self sufficient , superior , and the only truly civilized land in a barbarous world. They were inward looking and were encouraged by the conservative Confucianistic beliefs of their emperors to cling to the ancient and traditional ways of the past . They slid rapidly behind in industrial development , refusing to acknowledge the need for shipbuilding or naval development , and saw no
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During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries , Japan also turned inward seeking its own isolation from the larger world . Then in 1853 ,
Commodore Mathew Perry of the U.S arrived with a naval squadron and Japan signed its first unequal treaty . Soon other western countries would follow , but in 1868 a new ruler was put into power and Japans fate would soon change .
Under the sixteen year old emperor - the Meiji , ("Enlightened Rule ") Japan began preparing to resist Western penetration and in the process engineered a remarkable transformation of its country . The Japanese emperor set out to Westernize Japan and adopt Western methods of education , transportation , communication , industry , agriculture , banking and most of all Japan's military was updated and modernized .
Politically and economically , Japan was a nation in rapid growth and vigorous transition . Japan also won two victories over the world's two largest empires -
China in 1895 and Russia in 1905 , which gave Japan Korea, the Liaotung peninsula in North China , and a new status as a world power . Between 1900 and 1940 , Japan's exports would triple , manufactured goods multiplied a dozen times , and it's population would climb to 78 million by 1940. Japan's

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