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F and I Japan Vocab

Feudal and Imperial Japan Vocabulary

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Samurai Class of warriors in feudal Japan who pledged loyalty to a noble in return for rewards.
Shogun A general who ruled Japan in the emperor's name.
Daimyo A Japanese feudal lord who commanded a private army of samurai; warlord but not as powerful as a shogun.
Bakufu System A military government established in Japan after the Gempei Wars; the emperor became a figurehead, while real power was concentrated in the military, including the samurai.
Bushido The code of honor and morals developed by and for the Japanese samurai.
Anglo-Japanese Alliance An agreement for an initial period of five years, in which the UK and Japan agreed to remain neutral if either was involved in a war with a third power. If either was involved in a war with two other countries, then the other would assist.
Four-Power Pact Pact between US, britain, france and japan in which any disagreement between 2 countries regarding territorial possessions in the pacific would be discussed by all 4 countries before any action was to be taken.
Russo-Japanese War A 1904-1905 conflict between Russia and Japan, sparked by the two countries' efforts to dominate Manchuria and Korea.
Meiji Restoration The political program that followed the destruction of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868, in which a collection of young leaders set Japan on the path of centralization, industrialization, and imperialism.
Emperor Meiji The Japanese emperor who served as the figurehead of the Japanese modernization movement.
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