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02.10 Module Project: Assessment
Transcript of 02.10 Module Project: Assessment
“There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.” ― Richard Lederer
Religion and economics influenced the growth of both medieval Japan and Europe because their histories were shaped both the expansion of trade and significant religious differences with neighboring groups.
Development of Japan
Unlike Europe, in Japan Religion wasn't that big of a deal. Many of the battles were fought regarding wealth and power. But later the Japanese discovered Zen, a practice which was more focused on on a personal experience and enlightenment. It exhibited an overall awareness in Japan as well as culture and arts. Because of the Mongol invasions, Japanese didn't want anything to do with the Chinese and were on such bad terms that Japan became isolated. After the Ashikaga period, Japan blossomed there was a great amount of goods and trade. They ended up on good terms once again. Several people converted to Christianity to increase trade but this was soon abolished and in the time lapse of 200 years Japan became isolated again.
Feudalism in Japan
Development of Medieval Europe
Feudalism in Europe
There are many differences between the development of Medieval Europe and Japan, but they do share two very important factors which are Religion and Economy. They both helped shape up both countries into what they are today as well as influencing the culture.
This is a fragment from the Magna Carta, which is an official document that the King signed giving specific rights to the people in Europe. The Magna Carta is similar to the Bill of Rights and Constitution gave a lot more power to the people and granted their rights.
Feudalism in Japan was very similar to Medieval Europe, but still there are some differences. The top three parts of the pyramid were like the same, but the lower part was different. Japan raised the status of the peasants higher than the merchants because peasants were responsible for the growth of their food and necessary goods.
Both Religion and Economics played a huge part in the development of Medieval Europe. These two things really influenced the growth of Europe because religion and tradition was very important and trade and economy was a huge part of success. Religion was the main cause of war during this time unlike Japan but ended with a great outcome, let me clarify. These wars were primarily over Jerusalem, the Holy Land, and lasted over 200 years. They brought more power to the church and opened the pilgrimage routes, increasing trade and the use of coin currency. This led to the urbanization of medieval Europe, which drastically changed the economy and would eventually lead to five centuries of Europe’s economic and cultural dominance.
The feudal system in medieval Europe changed right after the crusades had ended. Europe added more emphasis on trade and maintaining urbanization. It attracted in more merchants and artisans and added another step in the pyramid of social hierarchy, the middle class. This gave peasant more of a chance of moving up the pyramid.