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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson E: Modern Japan in a Western World

Review and Assessment


Japan went through a dramatic change during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In a few decades Japan went from being an isolationist country to becoming a global power. Japan was successful in industrializing and this led to Japan building economic and military strength. Japan then used its strength to secure an empire. This led to warfare and the rise of Japan as a global power. Throughout the process Japan struggled with the impact of Western ideas on traditional Japanese ideas.

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Japan began the 19th century isolated from the world. During the latter half of the 19th century, Japan responded to global pressures by reinventing itself in such a way that by the dawn of the 20th century Japan was in a position to be a major player in 20th century history. Think about the changes that occurred in Japan during the later 19th century as you complete the BCR below.

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Brief Constructed Response - The Rise of Japan

How was Japan able to transform from an isolationist country to a world power in less than 100 years?

  • Identify and describe Japan during its isolationist phase.
  • Analyze how Japan transformed into a world power.
  • Include details and examples to support your answer

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