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Tokugawa shogunate is overthrown

How did Japan's Tokugawa shogunate come to an end? The entry of the US fleet into Tokyo Bay in 1853 and the events that followed exposed the shogunate's policy of isolation as a potential threat to the country. Western influence, and Japan's response to it, would have an enormous impact on the country's future. This clip ...

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Emergence of Japan as a world power

This is a collection of 14 digital curriculum resources that focus on Japan's emergence as a world power. The collection is grouped into three sections - nationalism and modernisation of the military; the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95; and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. The collection includes four essays by eminent ...

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Black ships and samurai: Commodore Perry and the opening of Japan, 1853-54

This is a collection of online materials focusing on US Commodore Matthew Perry's two expeditions to force the opening of Japan as seen through American and Japanese eyes. The materials are in two parts. Black ships and samurai I consists of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower. Black ships and samurai II (see dropdown ...

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Yokohama boomtown: foreigners in treaty-port Japan, 1859-72

This is a collection of online materials depicting the lives of foreigners in the treaty port of Yokohama, as seen or imagined by artists in the early decades of the modern era in Japan. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; ten sets of Japanese woodblock prints; an animation of the stages ...

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Throwing off Asia l: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation' in Japan, 1868-1912

This is a collection of online materials about the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; two sets of woodblock prints and accompanying historical background; a database of information about 405 woodblock prints from the period; ...

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation', 1868-1912 - visual narratives

This is a collection comprising two paired sets of text and images that focus on the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The first set is titled 'The Meiji Emperor and invention of the Emperor system', and the second 'Technology and industry'. The text introduces the images and gives historical ...

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernization', 1868-1912 - essay by John Dower

This is a highly readable and informative historical essay about Japan's internal modernisation and Westernisation by John Dower, Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It contains four chapters and is richly illustrated with 21 Japanese woodblock prints and one Italian lithograph. The chapters ...