Essay On The Tokugawa Period

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During the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1867), in Japan was ruled by strict customs and regulations intended to promote stability and peace. The Edo period was also known as the Tokugawa period because it was when the Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. The Tokugawa period has brought two hundred and fifty years of stability in Japan. This period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, peace, and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, which effectively ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The Battle of Sekigahara was the biggest and one of the most important battles in Japanese feudal history. It began on October 21, 1600, with a total of one hundred and sixty thousand men facing each other. The Battle of Sekigahara ended with a complete Tokugawa victory. The Western bloc was crushed and over the next few days many western nobles were captured and killed. Tokugawa Ieyasu was now the ruler of Japan. At the age sixty, Tokugawa received the title of shōgun from Emperor…show more content…
The code encompassed private conduct, marriage, dress, types of weapons, and numbers of troops allowed; required feudal lords to reside in Edo every other year; prohibited the construction of ocean-going ships; prescribed Christianity; restricted castles to one per domain and stipulated that Bakufu regulations were the national law. Although the daimyōs were not taxed per se, they were regularly levied for contributions for military and logistical support and for such public works projects as castles, roads, bridges, and palaces. The various regulations and levies not only strengthened the Tokugawa but also depleted the wealth of the damyōs, thus weakening their threat to the central

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