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Shogunate Japan: Peasants

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Chelsey Warnest

on 13 May 2013

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Presented by Chelsey Warnest SHOGUNATE JAPAN:
PEASANTS Peasants are poor smallholders and/or agriculturalists with a low social status.
They lived on land that belonged to their daimyo, which peasants were loyal to, in trade for protection.
Peasants would range from extremely poor to small amounts of money, depending on the state of their crops.
Sometimes they suffered long famines due to that. WHAT ARE PEASANTS? Peasants were mainly fisherman and farmers who grew crops and fished.
Farmers sometimes owned their own land to grow crops on, and other times they used the land owned by their daimyo.
Their daimyo and shogunate was who gave them taxes.
Although peasants did a lot of the important work, they were low in the feudal system.
If it weren't for them, higher ranked people wouldn't have lived as easily. PEASANTS WORK AND JOBS A peasants' diet mainly consisted of fish, rice and vegetables.
They grew these rice and vegetables themselves in their crops.
Fishermen were who caught the fish from nearby coasts/lakes.
Peasants wore clothing made from cotton or hemp.
Hemp was an easily found plant in Japan and was simple to change into thread, that's why it was commonly used.
Sometimes they would make clothes of silk. BASICS: FOOD & CLOTHES Peasants were on the lower half of the feudal system of, although they took up 90% of Japan's population,
They were low because they didn't have any control over others or have much money/supplies.
Higher ranked people ruled the peasants, like the shogun and daimyos, by giving peasants taxes.
Taxes sometimes caused peasants to not be able to support their own family. RANKING IN THE FEUDAL SYSTEM Peasants were always at risk of consequences, mainly from samurai.
Whenever they passed a samurai they had to acknowledge and bow down to him.
If they offended the samurai, the samurai had the right to punish them by death.
There is a story where one of Ieyasu's samurai split a peasant in two, because they tried to take advantage of Ieyasu. CONSEQUENCES www.skwirk.com
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