Saturday, 16 January 2016

The children of the new forest - and 17th Century Japan

Civil War 

Dangerous times in England in the 17th century. What was happening in your country at this time?

Here are 3 main affairs in the 17th century in Japan

1) Started Tokugawa shogunate

The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa bakufu (徳川幕府) and the Edo bakufu (江戸幕府), was the last feudal Japanese military government which existed between 1603 and 1867. The heads of government were the shoguns, and each was a member of the Tokugawa clan. The Tokugawa shogunate ruled the nation at Edo Castle and the years of the shogunate became known as the Edo period. This time is also called the Tokugawa period.

2) The Buke shohatto

The Buke shohatto (武家諸法度) is the Laws for the Military Houses. It was a collection of edicts issued by Japan's Tokugawa shogunate. They were governing the responsibilities and activities of daimyō (feudal lords) and the rest of the samurai warrior aristocracy. This is a code of conduct, which is a description of proper honorable daimyo behavior, and not solely laws which had to be obeyed.

3) Sakoku
Though Christianity was allowed to grow until the 1610s, Tokugawa Ieyasu soon began to see it as a growing threat to the stability of the Shogunate. He influenced the implementing of laws that banned the practice of Christianity. His successors followed suit, compounding upon Ieyasu's laws. The ban of Christianity is often linked with the creation of the Seclusion laws, or Sakoku, in the 1630s.

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