England vs. Japan
The seventeenth century marked a turning point in history that dramatically changed every angle of life for both England and Japan. Religion, politics, technology, domestic relations, and culture were all greatly affected by this new modern era. During the seventeenth century, England and Japan revealed a vast display of both similarities and differences in each aspect of their organization. Throughout my paper I will be discussing the similarities and differences within religion, social and political order, education, and geographical factors. From their political organization, social ethnicity, and their trade and industry, these comparisons and contrasts account for their diverse pasts while enlightening their long-term successes and impact on future civilizations.
In Japan during the Edo period, also known as the Tokugawa period, the first Tokugawa shogunate was officially established in 1603 by the first Edo shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Appointed by the emperor of Japan, the Shogun controlled Japan’s military power and was more powerful than the emperor. Regardless of the establishment of the shogunate, the emperor in Kyoto was still the legitimate ruler of Japan. The emperor was looked to as a religious and political leader. In Japan a feudal political system was intact. The feudal system was a way of government based on obligations between the Shogunate in Edo and provincial domains throughout Japan. This system worked by the Shogun delegating sovereign powers to vassals and in return they gained the Shoguns respect and loyalty.
Meanwhile, the early modern era England, faced many political and religious conflicts. After Elizabeth’s death and James took the thrown, many changes occurred. Elizabeth and James had a much different approach to England’s political system. Elizabeth was more self represented while James believed himself to be a complete monarch. This means that James felt he was to be in complete control and he...