Japan's Modern History: An Outline of the Periods [Asia for Educators]
Divides Japanese history from 1600 to the present into four periods, providing teachers with a synopsis of major events placed in the context of overall historical developments. Also includes a timeline activity for students (to be completed with information from the reading).
Timeline of Modern Japan (1868-1945) [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
The Meiji Restoration and Modernization [Asia for Educators]
In 1868 the Tokugawa shôgun lost his power, and the emperor was restored to the supreme position. This event was known as the Meiji Restoration. This essay examines the period during and after the Meiji restoration, discussing the new civic ideology of the time, social and economic changes of the period, and Japan's colonialism and expansion of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The Meiji Restoration Era, 1868-1889 [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
Essay outlining "the history of the critical transition Japan underwent between 1868 and 1889, as well as providing some background about the events leading up to this period of rapid societal change."
Imperial Japan: 1894-1945 [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
Essay providing "an overview of Japanese political history during this period" and "situating it within the larger context of East Asia and Japan's views towards East Asia."
Teaching Unit w/Lesson Plans Throwing Off Asia I: Woodblock Prints of Domestic "Westernization" (1868-1912) [Visualizing Cultures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
"The remarkably swift 'Westernization' of Japan in the late-19th and early-20th centuries was most vividly captured in popular woodblock prints. [These i]mages ... illustrate the great political, social, cultural, and industrial transformations that took place." A teaching unit richly illustrated with high-resolution images and maps and featuring essays by John W. Dower, MIT professor of Japanese history. The Visual Narratives section offers a shorthand view of the unit's primary themes and images; the Curriculum section includes eight lesson plans related to the unit.
Teaching Unit w/Lesson Plans Imperial Democracy and Colonial Expansion, 1890-1945 [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
Teaching unit with five lesson plans, two of which are relevant to this time period: "Realizing the Meiji Dream, 1890-1905" and "After the Meiji Light: The Transition to Taisho, 1905-1912." Unit goals for students: 1) describe reasons why the political transition of the Japanese state from its Meiji founders to its Taisho and early Showa successors was a time of ambiguity and uncertainty accompanied by significant political and social challenges; 2) list major attempts by Japanese people from all social classes to achieve not only government recognition of their concerns but also greater participation in Japanese political life and in Japanese society, as well as demonstrating their understanding of the pluralistic and often chaotic nature of these attempts; and 3) articulate that the gradual, evolutionary nature of Japan’s imperialist expansion beginning in the 1890s was due to strategic and security concerns rather than a premeditated, pragmatic attempt to rule first Asia and then the world.
Teaching Unit w/Lesson Plans Japan’s Rapid Rise and Fall, 1868-1945 [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
"In five activity and primary source-intensive lessons that address the major social and political shifts of the period from 1890 to 1945, the authors emphasize that these shifts were interdependent forces that operated on both international and national levels."
Lesson Plan Shifting Perceptions: Japan and the World in the Late 19th Century [About Japan: A Teacher's Resource]
"This lesson concentrates on enhancing students’ ability to utilize documents such as maps, artwork and primary source materials to interpret history. This is accomplished via an investigation of changing perceptions of Japan by Asia and the international community as a result of Japan’s changing political and social landscape following the First Sino-Japanese War."
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