Comparing Japan Reformation

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In 1868, the end to the Tokugawa Shogunate led to the formation of the Meiji Restoration which modified Japan’s political, economic, cultural, and social structures similar to the impact of the American and French Revolutions that shaped modern society. These revolutions lead to many different reformations that are distinct from one another. However, similarly they all contributed in shaping today’s modern environment. Many of these similarities and differences include political changes to military along with government structure, economic changes with new trade partners and technological inventions, and social changes in role of different classes and dominance from one another. The strive for reformation lead to larger implications of revolutions that resulted from the growing urge for freedom. The American and French revolutions along with the Meiji Restoration had founded the basis of standard and transition from imperialism to decolonization and the establishment of modern states. Although, the revolutions weren't just war but also helped build the foundation for diplomatic relations and economic opportunities. The struggles within the country was actually necessary because it lead to revolutions and reformations that lead the outcome of unification. This is seen through the Meiji Restoration impacts as they took in Western influences and became unified through government changes along with building a sense of Nationalism. Among the most important changes that resulted in these traumatic revolutions include the reestablishment of government and political adjustments. The change from a decentralized political system during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate to a highly centralized, bureaucratic government established by the em... ... middle of paper ... ...s straight from the Stamp Act imposed during the American Revolution in protest against the taxation for merchandising. During the French Revolution, Sources of Japanese Tradition, volume II, compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda, Wm. Theodore de Bary and Donald Keene (N.Y.:Columbia University Press, 1958) p. 137. Totman, Conrad. "Ethnicity in the Meiji Restoration: An Interpretive Essay."JSTOR. Monumenta Nipponica Vol.37, No.3, pp. 269-287. Sophia University. F. M. Anderson, The Constitution and Other Select Documents Illustrative of the History of France, 1789-1907, 2d Ed., (Minneapolis, 1908), pp. 507-513. Greene, Jack P. The American Historical Review Vol.105, No. 1 (Feb.,2000), pp 93-102 Journal of the First Congress of the American Colonies, in Opposition to the Tyrannical Acts of the British Parliament. Held at New York, October 7, 1765 (New York, 1845), pp. 27-29.

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