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Year 8: Shogunate Japan

Shogunate Japan

Feudal Japan

Social Structure of Shogunate (or Feudal) Japan
Jacaranda Online: Classical and Feudal Japan
Scroll down to p. 54 or the heading '3.2 Social and Political Structures'

KidsWeb Japan - Who Were the Shoguns?

Weebly: Medieval Japan - Social Structure

Facts About Japan - Feudal Japan

Very Asian - Feudal Japan

EMaze: Feudal Japan

Oxford University Press: Japan Under the Shoguns

US History - Feudal Japan: The Age of the Warrior

Japan - Memoirs of a Secret Empire  - Introduction

Japan - Memoirs of a Secret Empire - Shogun

Shoguns Rule Japan With Iron Fists

Asian History - The 4-Tiered Class System of Feudal Japan
Useful look at the position of peasants.

Pacific War - Japan Under the Shoguns

ABC Splash: Japan's Shoguns Keep Everyone in Their Places

ABC Splash: Shoguns Rule Japan With Iron Fists

Ancient History Encyclopedia: Medieval Japan
Scroll down to 'Feudal Society', where there is a discussion of the role of women and the economic conditions of the time.

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 tied to agricultural production which did not keep pace with other sectors of the national  economy. 

2. The Daimyo were also stretched financially because the Shogun insisted they maintain residences in Edo and reside there for several months every other year.    

3. Shogun held a monopoly over trade - needed to give permission.

Political Restrictions
1. Shogunate  held a near monopoly over foreign affairs, to prove that the Tokugawa house was in control of all aspects of government, so the Tokugawa shogunate prohibited foreigners coming to Japan.

2. Forbade Christianity.

3. Tokugawa controlled the domains, the han, to enforce peace, using a police and spy network which reported any suspicious activity by samurai or daimyo. Daimyo were required to report any proposed marriage alliances between domains to the shogunate for approval. Contact between domains was prohibited to reduce opportunities for plotting against the shogunate. The number of castles, their size and their strength were very strictly limited, and they were forced to live in  Edo one out of every two years, and kept their family hostage.

Tokugawa Political System

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.

Art and Culture

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.

While there were many arts that thrived in this period, two really came to embody traditional Japanese culture: theater and woodblock prints.

Preparing Your Essay - PEEL Signal and Linking Words


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

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 (Bibliography)