What is Feudalism?
A way of organizing society in a hierarchy based on land ownership. The more land that one controlled, the more wealth and power one had.
What caused the daimyo to gain more power and influence?
Th e daimyo raided the lands of other daimyo to gain control of more land.
What was the role of the peasant and why was it important?
The peasants were farmers who worded the lands owned by others, providing food for all Japanese.
How did the feudal system lead to isolation?
Tokugawa Ieyasu feared that Christianity was undermining Japanese culture, and that Christians might rise up against him. He passed strict laws to isolate Japan from the rest of the world. His successors went even further when they passed harsh laws closing Japan to foreign influence for more than 200 years.
What were the impacts of Japanese isolation?
Isolation helped the Tokugawa shoguns to maintain their iron control over the country, but also led to it's downfall. During this period the Japanese fell behind other powerful nations technologically. The samurai's outdated weapons were unable to combat the more modern weapons of the Americans and other powerful nations when Japan was challenged.