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  • Jomon (prehistory)

    13 10.92%
  • Yayoi (prehistory)

    11 9.24%
  • Kofun & asuka (early kingdoms : 300-710)

    14 11.76%
  • Nara & Heian (710-1185)

    28 23.53%
  • Kamakura (first, Minamoto-Hojo shogunate : 1185-1333)

    17 14.29%
  • Muromachi (Ashikaga shogunate 1333-1568)

    17 14.29%
  • Azuchi-Momoyama (great leaders : 1568-1600)

    27 22.69%
  • Edo (the closed country & Tokugawa shogunate : 1600-1867)

    46 38.66%
  • Bakumatsu (late Edo)

    24 20.17%
  • Meiji (the Westernization 1868-1912)

    25 21.01%
  • Taisho (social upheavals : 1912-1926)

    8 6.72%
  • Early Showa (militarism and WWII : 1926-1945)

    14 11.76%
  • US Occupation (1945-1952)

    10 8.40%
  • Late Showa (peace and economic miracle : 1952-1989)

    11 9.24%
  • Heisei (economic decline and post-modern culture)

    15 12.61%
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    What is your favourite period in Japanese history ?

    My favourite is Meiji, then Showa to nowi, then everything betwee Heian and Edo, especially Azuchi-Momoyama.

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    My favourite period of Japanese history is:
    -The Occupation of Japan (1945-1952), and within this period it is (I have taught):
    -Japan in the Cold War in general. (also economic and political history)

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    I picked Kofun and Asuka period because this period shows the relationship between the ancient Koreans and the Japanese.

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    Late Showa, before they had no good anime & hentai!

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    I know most about the Early Showa period, which covers World War II. The most fascinating, and shows how Japanese history just climaxes at this point.

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    late showa and heishei ^^
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    Meiji

    From feudalism to industry in 30 years. Just blows my mind.

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    yeah, and you did it (from what i know) pretty hasle free, unlike hard-headed russians who wiped out a 10th of their population.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blessed
    yeah, and you did it (from what i know) pretty hasle free, unlike hard-headed russians who wiped out a 10th of their population.
    True.

    But the Meiji government certainly was authoritarian. Under a facade of constitutional and political rule - Meiji Japan was one of the most authoritarian nations in the world - similar to the likes of today's Iran. Why? Simple - it was a theocratic regime based on Shintoism, which had been in decline for centuries and which had, since the sixth century, played second fiddle to the more secterian Buddhist religion.

    All political parties had to be registered with the government. Radicals and many liberals were persecuted by their right-wing and conservative/royalist counterparts. This is before the political arrests of the 1930s.

    Indeed, the period of thirty years between 1868 and 1898 transformed a feudalistic, authoritarian and backward country into a modern, powerful, and yet authoritarian country.

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    Kofun & asuka (early kingdoms : 300-710)
    Nara & Heian (710-1185)
    Kamakura (first, Minamoto-Hojo shogunate : 1185-1333)
    Muromachi (Ashikaga shogunate 1333-1568)




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    Thanks Escaflowne.

    I have never studied early Japanese history in depth - because it is until the end a matter of opinion? Do you believe that His Majesty the Emperor is a descendent of Amaterasu? Or was he a Korean who migrated from his homeland? Was he nothing but a tribal chief? Another Caesar or Hitler who had the dreams of empire?

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    edo to meiji is mine favorite.

    does anyone know any good site with info about all the periods, I love history ^^
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    Uh - Jref.com has great links, but wikipedia.org, an online encyclopedia, has a very detailed Japanese history section. I have submitted a few articles, mainly on politics.

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    I like the Bakumatsu, ok i admit cuz of Ruruoni Kenshin, but c'mon, is a time of change and just over all interesting to see the change in mentality.

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    I can see there are many here who are interested in feudal Japan, and perhaps also samurai.
    Here is a good link, I have spent some time on it to recap and there are good summaries and it is very user-friendly.
    The only minus is: It seems to be still under construction, or, the creators of the site seem to have missed some topics, names etc...however, very good site if you want to pass the time and just get a summary on stuff.
    http://www.samurai-archives.com/

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    Kinda to dress it up again.. what period do you know least about in Japanese history? For me, it would probably have to be.. uh.. the Yayoi/Kofun periods, and also the Muromachi periods. The shogunal alliances changed so much during these years, I know more about Buddhism during these years rather than the actual politics involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiroshi66
    Kinda to dress it up again.. what period do you know least about in Japanese history? For me, it would probably have to be.. uh.. the Yayoi/Kofun periods, and also the Muromachi periods. The shogunal alliances changed so much during these years, I know more about Buddhism during these years rather than the actual politics involved.
    everything before 12th century Japan I am not soooo interested in I'm afraid...
    In fact, my great interest concerning Japan is showa and especially occupation of Japan and Japan today, so everything before that is not my special area, although I feel I know the most important events and people....

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    Yes. The Heian Period isn't a very political area.. just know that the courtiers mistreated the people and "they had their heads in the clouds". And taxes were high on peasants.

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    i guess i like the Heisei period b/c...

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    I have a question - were there Korean troops who occupied Japan during the Japanese occupation?

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    I voted for Kamakura because I've actually studied the artwork of that time period. Maybe I'm little uninformed of what else happened outside of beautiful architecture and sculptures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiroshi66
    I have a question - were there Korean troops who occupied Japan during the Japanese occupation?
    No, Korea was not a military force in Japan, but I will answer in more detail later, when I will take the opportunity to make a thread about occupation....for the sake of clarity and order.

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    Thanks1 =) I just saw your post, and I am going there write now to check it out.

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    Bakumatsu, by far, when taken with a dash of Meiji - watching a government rip itself appart and trying to find its feet again satisfies both historian and political scientist in me. Revolution, blood, sex, intrigue, international power politics - how can you not love it?!
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    I like the Kamakura period for a number of reasons. There was a lot of interesting infighting between the imperial court and the bakufu. In the religious world most of Japan's most important Buddhist sects were founded by various interesting characters in reaction to the natural disasters that were a constant during that time. Plus a lot of the best works of midieval literature were composed in that time, especially the military adventures like the Heike monogatari. Makes for interesting studying, though it must have been one of the worst eras in Japanese history to actually have lived through.

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