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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson E: Modern Japan in a Western World

Activity 4: Japan Demonstrates Its Power

With the arrival of Commodore Perry, the security of Japan was challenged. Internal disputes arose over how to deal with this challenge. As a result of these conflicts and external pressures the Tokugawa Shogunate was overthrown. The Meiji Dynasty was restored to power in Japan.

Under the Meiji Restoration, Japan began to redefine itself and exert its power. In the opening activity you examined a timeline of major events in Japanese history. Take a moment to examine major events that took place after Japan opened its ports to the United States.

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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following questions as you review the timeline.

  • What pattern do you see occurring in Japan after Commodore Perry's arrival?
  • Why do you think Japan chose to demonstrate its power the way it did?
  • How do you think Japanese actions impacted Japan and the global community?

Consider your answers from the timeline as you begin the Historical Investigation.