This table below refers to the sections of Medieval History: Japan.

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Early Japan

Physical geography plays a role in how civilizations develop.  Japan's islands and mountains have shaped its history.  The Japanese developed their own unique culture but looked to China as a model.

Shoguns and Samurai

Conflicts often brings about great change.  Japan's emperor lost power to military leaders.  Warrior families and their followers fought each other for control of Japan.
Life in Medieval Japan Religion influences how civilization develops and culture spreads.  The religions of Shinto and Buddhism shaped Japan's culture.  Farmers, artisans, and merchants brought wealth to Japan. 

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Early Japan

  • Japan's mountains and islands isolated Japan and shaped its society.
  • Japan was settled by people who came from northeast Asia.  They were organized into clans and ruled by warriors.
  • Prince Shotoku created Japan's first constitiution and borrowed many ideas from China.
  • The Japanese religion called Shinto was based on nature spirites.

Shoguns and Samurai

  • During the A.D. 700s, Japan built a strong national government at Nara, and Buddhism became a popular religion.
  • Japan's civilian government and the emperor came to be dominated by military rulers known as shoguns.
  • As the shogun's power weakened, Japan broke out into warring kingdoms run by rulers known as daimyo.

Life in Medieval Japan

  • Buddhism and Shinto shaped much of Japan's culture.  These religions affected Japanese art, architecture, novels, and plays.
  • Some Japanese nobles, merchants, and artisans grew wealthy duringthe shogun period, but the lives of women remained restricted in many areas of life.