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1 Modernization of Japan

2 European traders first came to the island country in the 1500s.
Cut off almost all trade with Europe in the early 1600s. 1854 Japanese Shogun signed trade treaty with American Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

3 The Meiji Leaders 5 years after Perry’s arrival, the shogun signed trade treaties with Britain, France, Holland, Russia, and the United States. Unhappiness with the treaties led to the overthrow of the Shogun in 1868.


5 New emperor Mutsuhito is given allegiance by a group of Samurai, but kept the real power for themselves. Meiji rulers looked to make Japan capable of competing with Western nations. “Rich country, strong military”; brought forms of parliamentary government to Japan, strengthened the military, and worked to transform the nation into industrial society.


7 Industrialization 1870s Japan began to industrialize in an effort to strengthen its economy. Avoided loans from Western banks. Revised the tax structure to raise money for investment. Developed a modern currency system and supported the building of postal and telegraph networks, railroads, and port facilities.

8 New technological methods, cheap labor, and wars at the turn of the century stimulated Japan’s economy; by 1914 Japan had become one of the world’s leading industrial nations.

9 Japan as a World Power Needing more natural resources, Japan began to establish its own overseas empire. Japan defeated the Chinese army in the Sino-Japanese War in 1894, gaining partial control over Korean trade.

10 In 1904 the Japanese navy launched a surprise attack on Port Arthur (in Russian controlled Manchuria). Japan defeated Russia in Japan had now become an imperialist country, annexing Korea in 1910 and continuing to expand its empire for the next 35 years.





15 China p. 714-716 Qing Dynasty 1644 to 1912
Opium War Treaty of Nanking Taiping Rebellion (Civil War) Spheres of Influence The Open Door Policy Sino-Japanese War 1894 Boxer Rebellion The Nationalist Party (Sun Yat-sen) Chinese Republic (1912)


17 L20 Make a collage of China’s dealings with the Imperialist West during the age of Imperialism. Have at least 6 images to represent 6 different events.


19 The Fall of the Qing Dynasty
China’s political, economic, and military position weakened under the Qing Dynasty.

20 Opium War 1842: Treaty of Nanking
British merchants were trading Opium from India for goods, silk, tea, and porcelain. 1839: Chinese forces tried to stop the smuggling, but the British navy bombarded Chinese ports defeating the Chinese. Treaty of Nanking: “unequal treaties”-granted the British payment for war losses and Hong Kong; British citizens were granted extraterritoriality which granted them the right to live under their own laws and courts.

21 Taiping Rebellion Civil War that broke out because of “unequal treaties”. Eventually it was crushed by British led forces. Eroded the Qing Dynasty’s control of China.

22 Spheres of Influence By the 1890s European powers as well as Japan claimed large sections of China as spheres of influence-areas where they had exclusive trading rights.

23 Open Door Policy The US tried to claim that all nations should have the right to trade within China. All nations involved agreed to their policy in 1899.

24 Sino-Japanese War 1894 China’s defeat led to more lost territory.
From China, Japan gained the island of Taiwan and the Liaodong Peninsula as well as trading benefits in Chinese territory. The Japanese also ended China’s influence in Korea.

25 Boxer Rebellion The Righteous and Harmonious Fists, practiced a Chinese form of Boxing. In 1900 the Boxers carried out attacks against foreigners and Chinese Christians in the city Beijing (Peking). Western powers and Japan sent a multinational force that ended the uprising. Empress Ci Xi who had supported the Boxers, reversed her policy.

26 The Nationalist Party Many Chinese believed that a modern republic should replace the Qing Dynasty. Sun Yat-sen will form the United League (Nationalist Party) in 1905. Their goal was to modernize China on the basis of the “Three Principles of the People”: nationalism (freedom from foreign control), democracy (representative government), and livelihood (economic well-being for all Chinese)

27 Chinese Republic 1912 1911 revolution started.
January 1912, Sun Yat-sen will become the 1st President of the new Chinese Republic.

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