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Samurai in the Edo Period

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Harrison Coles

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Transcript of Samurai in the Edo Period

IN 1868, JAPAN'S old FUEDAL SYSTEM
CAME TO AN END AND THE SAMURAI
CLASS WAS ENDED Before the samurai lost all of their
previleges, the samurai formed the satsuma rebellion to oppose the government The government had to adopt
western ways of fighting instead
of their traditional samurai military Muromachi Period Edo Period Meiji Period Azuchi-Momoyama Period There were many independant
provinces that were
controlled by the daimyos The daimyos hired armies of samurai to defend
their provinces and to capture others Civil wars started in Japan as the
daimyos fought to control all of Japan Oda Nobunaga was a daimyo who
worked with Hideyoshi Toyotomi
and Tokugawa Ieyasu to try and unify Japan Oda Nobunaga died and his land was
divided between Tokugawa Ieyasu,
Hideyoshi Toyotomi and others They continued to fight until
they finally unified all of Japan Tokugawa Ieyasu became the
shogun after Japan was unified Even though Hideyoshi didn't become
the shogun, he still had a lot of power Hideyoshi forced all the samurai in Japan
to either become a farmer, or to live inside
of a castle town Hideyoshi also didn't allow anyone
other than samurai to wield a sword 1533-1573 1573-1603 1868-1912 Hideyoshi Toyotomi Oda Nobunaga Tokugawa Ieyasu Guns and cannons took down the rebellion and the samurai knew that they were no longer needed in Japan The Samurai During the Edo Period, the Samurai stood at the top of the social class system in japan 1603-1868 aLL SAMURAI WERE still FORCED TO LIVE IN CASTLE
TOWNS during the Edo Period
AND received their payment in rice sOCIAL CLASS SCALE:
-sAMURAI
-FARMERS
-ARTISANS
-MErCHANTS When Tokugawa took down Osaka Castle in 1615,
he had no more potential rivals left There was a time of peace during the
Edo period and most of the samurai decided
to become bureaucrats, artists and teachers Small problems were caused by samurai
called ronin that didn't have a master jAPANESE SAMUrai became important
SOMETIME IN THE 12TH CENTURY WHEN TWO
POWERFUL JAPANESE CLANS FOUGHT BITTER
WARS AGAINST EACH OTHER and used the
samurai to fight 1333-1573 1573-1603 1603-1868 1868-1912
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