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)
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1. Shogunate held a near monopoly over foreign affairs.
2. Forbade Christianity.
3. Tokugawa controlled the domains, the han, to enforce peace.
The most significant impact was on the upper classes of Japanese society.
1. Samurai and Daimyo who were paid by a fixed stipend.
2. The Daimyo were also stretched financially
3. Shogun held a monopoly over trade - needed to give permission.
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).
DECLINE OF THE SAMURAI
Bushido - virtues, significance, history and facts - Britannica
Weapons & Armour
The evolution of samurai weapons & armour - press 'Next' at the bottom to see if the following slides are relevant
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