In 1630 Tokugawa Ieyasu, newly declared Shogun of Japan, expelled all foreigners from the Islands of Japan. For the next Two Hundred years they remained an isolated feudal society. That all ended in 1853 when Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the United States arrived off the coast of Japan with four modern warships. His arrival marked the end of isolationism, and the beginning of Japanese Imperialism. Spain had set up permanent colonies in the Philippines, and virtually every major country in the world had set up a sphere of influence in China. Japan was left with few choices. In 1868 a group of Samurai conspired to over through the Shogun and restore the Emperor to Power. Emperor Meiji and his advisors would work to create a unified, modern Japan that could resist Imperial powers and their attempts to colonize Japan. Objectives: 1. Analyze the formation of the Meiji Era and the changes that took place during this transition 2. Examine the role that Western Powers played in the development of modern Japan
Questions:1. Why did The Samurai rebel against the Tokugawa Shogunate? What had feudalism and isolation done to Japan? 2. In what ways did the Boshin Civil war change Japan, was it for the better or worse? 3.How did the restoration of the Emperor safeguard Japan from becoming a colonial possession of Western Nations? 3. In what ways did the Sino-Japanese War Change Japan forever? 4. For what reason do you believe Western Nations like Russia, and France intervened in the outcome of that conflict? 5. What was the cause of the Russo-Japanese War? Was it a justified war, why or why not? 6. In what ways did the result of the Russo-Japanese War change the status quo in global affairs?