Steel and soldiers,
centralization and conquest, as Japan, the solitary islands in the pacific,
underwent a renovation of the military, economy, political structure and role
in international affairs a formation of respect and esteem towards eastern
cultures merged. The expansive development of industrialization, from western
to non-western countries enables Japan to become an international contender of imperialism
by rapidly westernizing and defeating the largest and contiguous empire on
earth, the European Russia. Placing the Japanese islands in the Far East at the
mutually respected table of modern world empires. During the nineteenth
century, the European industrialization expanded in the cities of England.
Great Britain and other colonial empires had the advantage of pre-established
financial institutions of banking that facilitated loans. It also had higher
rates of urbanization caused by such matters as the enclosure acts. Prevalent
industries including agriculture, textiles and steel production, with such
thriving economy it became possible for European powers to afford commercial
ventures overseas. This increasing need of resources and trading area started
what would eventually be known as the ageing imperialism.
Japanese nation was experiencing a fundamental change in its characteristic
identity. Once an isolationist nation, feudalism under the Tokugawa Shogunate,
Japan emerged as an imperialist power driven by Policy alternations of the
young emperor Meiji. Formally, Japan had formed a noncompliant strategy towards
international trade and western influence. Contained by their boards, the
emperor lost his supremacy to the feudalistic chain of power known as the
Tokugawa Shogunate. With multiple lords or “daimyo”, each controlling a large
part of the land, it was common for many minor civil wars to occur between the
military of each feudal lord. Additionally, agriculture and other forms of
domestic trade served as the soul source of the economics outside of the
limited Chinese trade and very few Dutch ships a year to the poor Nagasaki.
However, in eighteen fifty four, with the unannounced arrival of commodore
Mather Perry in the US navy, the Shogunate was forced to absolve the procedures
of trade restrictions in the treaty of Kanagawa.
The lands of Asia had become the
stopping grounds of western powers. By the time Japan was forcefully opened to
the outside world, Germany, France, Britain and Russia have already carved
China, Indochina, India and Manchuria into territorial spheres of influence.
China had become a largely dismembered country. This leads to several different
empires through strategic advantages to military action, and a dependency of
such socio economic acts of dominations as the foreign regulation of the opium
trade. With a mutilated, political landscape, and if people looked down upon by
many westerners, China would become on of the key motivational points for the
rapid reform of the Japanese government.
eighteen sixty-eight, the chain of Japanese emperors, reclaimed the power from
the Tokugawa Shogun, the great general of Japan. Through the actions of
political and militant elites to restore the emperor to power in the Boshin
war, the Tokugawa regime lost its foothold upon the nation. This restoration of
imperial power, while bringing about a return to the form of the political
system, brought deep sea to changes to the countries political scenes. The
young emperor, Mutsuhito, sees military power from a Shogun and claimed as his
own in the name of Meiji. With