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Year 8: Shogunate Japan

Shogunate Japan

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Tokugawa Japan Topics

StoryMaps: How was the Tokugawa Shogunate able to establish and maintain control over Japanese society?

Tokugawa Period 
Article from database 'World History in Context', by Gale.

Oxford University Press: Japan Under the Shoguns

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)

Britannica: The Bakuhan (Tokugawa) System

Japan under the Shogun - Daimyo

Colorado University: Tokugawa Essay 

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.

Thought.Co: Japan's Alternate Attendance System

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.

Tokugawa Period: World History in Context database article 

Britannica: Samurai - Japanese warrior

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

Prezi Presentation: Shogunate Peasants

Grips: Pre-conditions for industrialisation in Japan
Scroll down to 'Agriculture'. Shogunate Peasants

Sidmartin Bio: What rights did peasants have in Shogunate Japan?

BBC News: The Japanese Christians forced to trample on Christ

Japan Luggage Express: Why did Japan outlaw Christianity in the 1640s?

New World Encyclopedia: Christianity in Japan 'Silence' - the true story of the Jesuits in Japan

Oxford Handbooks: Violence against Catholics in East Asia - From late 16th Century to early 20th Century

PRIMARY SOURCE: Edict of the Tokugawa Shogunate - Christianity

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 

Battle Tactics

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