This table below refers to the sections of Medieval History: Japan.
|Section Title||Information of Section|
|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.|
|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.|
- 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.