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The Influence Of The Four-Class Social System In Japan

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During its earlier years, Japan modeled itself off China’s culture. They used China’s alphabet and created their own language (Perez 17-18). At this time, the Japanese wrote many poems and books, some about themselves. One of Japan’s first religions was Shinto (Perez 13). It basically told what was right and appropriate from what was wrong. However, this religion lacked “basic elements of most world religions” (Perez 13). Somewhere in the time from 500-600 CE, they also discovered a new religion: Buddhism. Time passed and people began to hire Japanese soldiers, or Samurai to protect them. As the Samurai got stronger, they became more organized, and created a military government, or the Shogunate. The Shogun basically displaced the emperor; only allowing him to have status, while the shogun ruled…show more content…
In hopes of better trade, Britain pushed people to convince a Daimyo to persuade the current shogun to restore power to the emperor (Perez 82). Perez thinks that the time when Tokugawa handed over power was “it symbolized the end of feudalism...” (83).The new emperor took the name Meiji so the time from 1868-1912 was called the Meiji Era. During this time, many major changes were made. The four-class social system was discarded, and a national land tax was created. Also, the government, military, and constitution became westernized. However, a more organized military and government set the stage for war. In 1910, Japan conquered Korea, ruling it for 45 years; they also conquered Taiwan (“Timeline of Japan’). However, when they were about to conquer the Liaoning Peninsula, when Russia complained saying they wanted to build a Trans-Siberian Railroad to Port Arthur for a warm water port. A war called The Russo-Japanese war started (Perez 118-119). At the beginning, Russia suffered many casualties in naval warfare while Japan suffered little . Eventually, the war ended after America
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