This is a model essay on the Impact of the Tokugawa Shogunate, written for students to illustrate how a 5-paragraph History essay should look. It follows the PEEL (Point / Elaboration and Example / Link to Hypothesis) process, including In-Text Referencing (quotes) and End-Text Referencing (List of References)
StoryMaps: How was the Tokugawa Shogunate able to establish and maintain control over Japanese society?
Article from database 'World History in Context', by Gale.
Society and economy
Chapter 4 from 'Handbook of life in medieval and early modern Japan'
Restrictions on the Daimyo
From 'Oxford Big Ideas', by Maggy Saldais and others, Oxford, 2012. (Useful infographic)
New World Encyclopedia: Daimyo
Scroll down to 'Daimyo in the Edo Period'
NakasendoWay: Tokugawa Political System
Scroll down to Paragraph 8 for information on the Daimyo.
Khan Academy: The Third Warrior Government: the Tokugawa Shogunate of The Edo Period (1615–1868)
Scroll down to the 3rd heading.
Khan Academy: Tokugawa Shogunate
Scroll down to 'Society under the Tokugawa Shogunate' for information on the Daimyo.
World History Encyclopedia: Samurai
Scroll down to the heading 'Development and Status', and read the paragraph that begins 'It was not until the Edo period (1603-1868) that a fully standardised system of status and rankings developed for samurai...'
PBS: Farmers in Tokugawa Japan
Grips: Pre-conditions for industrialisation in Japan
Scroll down to 'Agriculture'.
Samurai warriors emerged as an elite force in Japan's provinces during the early 10th century. Recruited by local chieftains, these fighting forces were maintained long enough to wage a specific war, after which the soldiers would return to their lands to till the soil. With Japan's emperor living in the ancient capital of Kyoto and unable to maintain control of the provinces, the samurai clans established themselves as viable political entities. By the late 12th century, samurai lords ruled both the provinces and central Japan. They maintained their influence until the mid-1870's when the samurai class was outlawed and their privileged status was dissolved.
Training and Code of Behaviour (Bushido)
Weapons and Armour
If religion defined half of daily life in the Edo Period, art defined the other half. The defined power of warlords and their samurai created a social obligation to act as a patron of the arts. A strong economy also made many arts more affordable to the growing merchant class. A focus on discipline and perfection, in all aspects of life that defined courtly behavior, motivated artists. Wealthy samurai put lots of effort into the arts, which was reflected in their ornately designed armour.
All in all, art thrived in the Edo Period. This was when the formal tea ceremony was standardized. Samurai armor reached new levels of exquisite craftsmanship. Poetry, and other intellectual arts, became among the most important parts of a child's education.
Consider the following: Literature; Theatre; The Arts (eg Painting, Calligraphy, Music, Sculpture, Porcelain, Pottery, Woodblock prints, Lacquerware), as well as other artistic endeavours such as the Tea Ceremony, Gardens (eg Flower arranging and Bonsai).
When you are away from the campus you will need to login using the appropriate username and password - these were sent to you in an email from Ms King which you should have saved for when you needed to access databases from home.