Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism
Lesson E: Modern Japan in a Western World
Throughout its history, Japan was torn between isolationism and being a regional and international power. Japan began the 19th century isolated from the world and ended the 19th century as a major regional power. Japan was forced to open its doors to the Western world, but once it did the Japanese found ways to show its power to the world. The impact of international trade and involvement led to Western ideas challenging traditional Japanese culture.
- How and why did Japanese internal policies change during the 19th century?
- How did Japan industrialize and emerge as a world power during the 19th century?
- How did Japan interact with its neighbors in the world during the 19th century?
- How do art and culture reflect the values of a country?
- Describe the changes in Japan's relations with China and Western powers from the 1850s to the 1890s.
- Analyze Japan's rapid industrialization, technological advancement, and national integration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries including the policies of the Meiji state, the role of traditional values, and the impact of Western ideas.
- Analyze the effects of Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars and colonization of Korea on the power of Japan and the people of Korea.
- Draw comparisons across eras and regions in order to define enduring issues. (Historical Thinking Skill)
- Evaluate multiple perspectives of various peoples in the past by demonstrating their differing motives and beliefs. (Historical Thinking Skill)
- Japan Organization Chart (doc)
- Historical Investigation - Japan Shows Its Strength (doc)
- The Rise of Japan Brief Constructed Response (BCR) (doc)
Chart of Activities:
|Activities to Complete||Estimated Time|
|Activator: The World - The 19th Century||
|Opening: Becoming Japan||
|Activity 1: Japan Prior to Western Contact||
|Activity 2: Arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry||
|Activity 3: Japan Industrializes||
|Activity 4: Japan Demonstrates Its Power||
|Activity 5: Japan Shows Its Strength - Historical Investigation||
|Activity 6: Japan Struggles to Find Its Identity||
|Review and Assessment||
Lesson Completion Time
Total Time for Lesson: 145 minutes
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