South Kore Not Always Its Own Country, Before World War I

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South Korea- History South Korea was not always its own country, before World War ll, there were neither North nor South Korea, just Korea. In 1905 Japan occupied the country while fighting with Russia and by 1910 Japan annexed the country which meant Korea was now under Japans rule. Japan was able to hold onto Korea from then until the Second World War. On August 8, 1945, the Soviet Union decided to declare war on Japan and invaded Korea, during this time the US had already been in Korea fighting against the Japanese. A few days after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrendered the war, resulting in Japans loss of Korea. After the war the Allies agreed at the Potsdam conference that the country would be split along the 38th…show more content…
There is also an introduction to Chinese culture which had a large influence. These influences are seen in the form of Buddhism, theories of Confucianism, writing systems, and government modeling. The Second period is the Nara and Heian Periods which ranges from 710- 1192. In this period there was a decline in Chinese influence even though it was still popular. Japan started developing its own taste and began adapting Chinese influencers to better fit them, there was a rise in status for military due to the popularity of the Samurai. This popularity was caused by the upper classes using them for protection. During the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), there was a change in government structure that made many government offices powerless, there was an introduction to new Buddhist sects as well as many attempted invasions by the Mongols who were constantly defeated or retreating due to weather. This also marked a time of financial problems caused by not having enough to pay men who fought against the Mongols. The next period Muromachi Period spanned from 1338-1573. During this time government lost most of its power and the political newcomers were members of land owning military families. This period was the beginning of the age of civil wars. This is also when fire arms and Christianity are first introduced to Japan. After, came the Azuchi-Momoyama Period

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