How did the Meiji Restoration in 1868 influence Japan towards imperialism?
In 1868, the Meiji Restoration signaled the birth of modern Japan. After centuries of isolationist policies put into place by the Tokugawa shogunate, Japan’s leaders recognized that Japan needed to make significant changes. These changes were a direct response to European and American imperialism in Asia. For example, since the mid-1800s, China had been at the mercy of European powers, losing sovereignty of its major port cities. If Japan was going to avoid China’s fate, it had to both modernize and create an empire of its own.
By 1890 Japan had undergone a massive reorganization of its...
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