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1450 1750 Eastern Asian Relations With Europe

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The East Asians, mostly China and Japan, both were trying to become or stay a great power, and did it different ways. Japan tried to isolate themselves by only allowing limited contact and no spreading of Christianity, as was talked about in document sixteen. China tried to keep up with them by using a strong legal system as was mentioned in document six, and government set up like the monarchs of Europe, in that the power is passed from father to son, as seen in document five.
Japan, at first, let the newcomers in and learned about them, and let them learn a little from them. However, they didn't have very good experiences, like as portrayed in document twelve, the Japanese thought of the ...view middle of the document...

I think that I could have better understood what happened if I had gotten an outside opinion from neither the Japanese or the European countries, for example the Chinese who were more open with the European countries, as to why their relationships went so badly.
China, unlike Japan let Christians into their country as shown in document four, and while it was not widely embraced, the fact that they let them in, and traded with them. This put China in better relations with them. Also as shown in both documents one and two, China had decent communication with the neighboring countries, this meant that they were used to outside communication, this would make it harder for them to isolate themselves from everyone else like Japan did, blocking off that option. As you can see in document ten, the eunuchs and Confucian court officials hated each other, and anything that was decided by one group was immediately opposed by the other, and that making it hard for any one group to do anything, caused political turmoil because nothing was getting done. The turmoil is what I believe that documents seven , came from the fact that everyone else was getting annoyed by this, I believe that this exact exert was directed at the peasants and the scholars. I believe this because it was telling the peasants to keep doing their work even if being treated unfairly, and its telling the scholars that their only job is to educate people, not get involved with politics. I believe that this turmoil is what caused them to stay behind the Europeans technologically when they came, and why the government didn't finance things, and why as said in document eight, why the government didn't increase the trade, which would have helped them. This I...

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