Tokugawa Shogunate

Life in Japan


Although the Tokugawa Shogunate period achieved great things, there downfall was caused by foreign invaders, military, and deforestation.

Background Information

The Tokugawa shogunate was also called the Edo period. During this period under the Shogunate there was economic growth and a military dictatorship. The period lasted from 1603-1867, the city is Edo, japan but now known as Tokyo. They were one of the most populated city's in the world with a very stable government. Though the Tokugawa Shogunate had amazing achievements foreign invaders, the military, and deforestation lead to there collapse.

Paragraph one: Foreign Invaders

In leading to the Tokugawa Shogunates downfall foreign invaders played a big part in that role. During the 19th century when there were trade routes from North America to Asia, there ships wanted to land and doc in Japan but Japan did not want that to happen. They said any other foreign ship that docs into there territory except Dutch traders will be killed. A british group came through Edo trying to get to Kyoto, the Japanese saw this as them breaking there rules and went under protocol. They killed the british group, which made them and the British have a problem with each other. After this incident with Britain, Japan now had a new rule with no foreigners in Japan because they weren't following Japans rules. With Japans new rules more invasions happened and more fights and disputes happened which led to Tokugawa Shogunates downfall.

Paragraph two: The military

Although the Foreign invaders had a big impact on the Tokugawa Shogunate's collapse, the military also made a big impact too. The Tokugawa Shogunate had a military dictatorship which ensured that they kept there stability, and made sure there high power was still intact. With there many ruling emperors who had still kept the same military dictatorship, many wars took place. They took control of both Russia and China, and then attacked the U.S. in 1941 which turned to Word War 2. With there military they had a social hierarchy that kept there power in the places it was supposed to stay in. The social class system went warrior samurai, farmers, artisans, and then traders. With that the taxes were very high during the Tokugawa Shogunate period, which was mostly given to the military and government which ultimately lead to there collapse.

Paragraph three: Deforestation

During the Tokugawa Shogunate time period farming was a big impact in there culture. They were the second most important people next to the samurai warriors, and they helped glue the civilization together. The main thing the farmers grew was rice, and they gave more than half of the rice to the population. Even though the farmers were very important people they still had vigorous jobs and had to give up a lot for what they did. Some seasons the farmers had very good weather and some seasons had very bad weather, because the farmers depended on the weather for growing there crops. When there was famine which happened a lot because they usually didn't have the best seasons to grow crops, famine spread and farmers had to work even harder. Work got so hard for the farmers, they moved to other cities and traded there crops so they could earn more money. Once the farmers started moving to cities to trade, the merchants and traders started selling wood, which led to a deforestation. This really impacted the civilization at the time and led them down to there collapse, but a little later they came back up and now they have the most heavily forested trees in the world.


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University, Columbia. "1450-1750: Japan: The Tokugawa | Central Themes and Key Points | Asia for Educators | Columbia University." 1450-1750: Japan: The Tokugawa | Central Themes and Key Points | Asia for Educators | Columbia University. Asia for Educators, 2009. Web. 02 Mar. 2014.

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