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Department
History
Course
HIST 122
Professor
Prof.
Semester
Winter

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Hist122 – Lecture 9, Monday November 4, 2013 How did this film portray 60 years of Japanese history? Who were the protagonists? ­ Tokugawa, would rule Japan for several centuries ­ Three and a huge great men who at various stages unified Japan  ­ What else was happening in the background because we have learned history in a  different way?  ­ Great men and their families but in the background you see western influence of  Christianity, religion, trade, is localized in western southern parts ­ Samurai being traditional type of warrior, carefully schooled with all these types  of rituals, manmade martial arts, swords, etc. but in the backdrop what is really  happening is a whole other thing connected to that ­ We have seen before somewhere else ­ In this 60 year period you don’t just have successive of men after a long period of  civil war, gradually centralizing and consolidating ­ Not just a question of strategy and personality but also the introduction of gun  powder ­ Same formula that was for expansion and consolidation of states had similar  pattern in Japan ­ Maintaining traditions of the Samurai  ­ Real turning point is the battle, where he first broke with the Samurai code and  introduced gunpowder transforming everything ­ Similar to what you see in other areas  ­ Comes from technological development, transformation of military, allows  successive rulers to centralize Japan ­ Not just the west bringing technology that actually had dynamic, important affect  on structure, there are other dimensions too ­  ▯Influence of Catholicism in the countryside, problem with Christian connection  is that it destabilized the Dynamo power ­ Shogun rules over all the dynamo  ­ Solidarities ­ Areas of Japan at e
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