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Year 8: Shogunate Japan

Shogunate Japan

The Task

PEEL Model Essay on Medieval Japan

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)

MyBib Referencing Generator

Manage your bibliography using "MyBib" - Referencing - LibGuides at  Melbourne High School

MyBib is an online referencing generator to help you with in text references and your List of References.

Sign up for an account so that it will store the references for your assignment. Add it to your bookmark bar to find it quickly.

Install the Chrome extension to make your referencing even faster.

Tokugawa Japan Topics

Social Restrictions

Political Restrictions
1. Shogunate  held a near monopoly over foreign affairs.

2. Forbade Christianity.

3. Tokugawa controlled the domains, the han, to enforce peace.

Economic Restrictions
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).


Tokyo National e-Museum


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.

Ebooks Via the Catalogue

Preparing Your Essay - PEEL Signal and Linking Words