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Ch 37: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: History of Japan

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Look over this chapter to learn more about the history of Japan as part of your preparations for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. These lessons will detail significant aspects of the country's early years and development.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: History of Japan - Chapter Summary

As you study for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam, this chapter will help develop your knowledge of the history of Japan. These lessons will address the development of the Japanese state through the westernization during the Meiji period and many topics in between, including:

  • History of classical Japan and how it was impacted by China and Korea
  • Shoguns in Japan's military
  • Imperial and feudal Japan in the Middle Ages
  • Tokugawa rule from 1551-1868
  • Japanese imperialism and the spread of the Japanese empire

These short video lessons are led by an expert instructor and are accompanied by a full transcript that highlights words that will be integral to your studies of Japan's history. To test how well you remember and understand the content of the lessons, each has a brief self-assessment you may take. Additionally, there is a cumulative multiple-choice exam at the end of the chapter that will enable you to test your overall knowledge of the history of Japan.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: History of Japan - Chapter Objectives

Passing the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam is an integral part of attaining your license to teach related courses. This test, meant to assess your knowledge of basic social studies information, consists of 90 selected-response and 3 constructed-response questions divided between several content categories. The selected-response questions regarding world history make up 15% of the examination and consist of an array of topics including the formation and contributions of Asian countries like Japan. Through a careful review of these lessons, you should be exposed to the main Japanese topics on which you may be tested on the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 37: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: History of Japan
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The Rise of the Early Japanese State

1. The Rise of the Early Japanese State

With a relatively wide barrier of sea to separate them from any undesired outside influences, the Japanese are unique in that they were largely able to develop on their own. That said, there were surprising parallels between Japan and other parts of the world.

China & Korea's Influence on Classical Japan

2. China & Korea's Influence on Classical Japan

In this lesson you will explore the history of Classical Japan, but also the way that Japan was impacted by the cultures of China and Korea. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Shogun: Definition, Legends & History

3. Shogun: Definition, Legends & History

Explore the origins and actions of the Japanese military leaders called shoguns, and test your understanding of Japanese history, politics, culture, and military.

Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

4. Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

In this lesson, we explore the Middle Ages in Japan, from the classical era of imperial Japan to the feudal era of intermittent and regional warfare that followed it.

Unification of Japan & the Tokugawa Rule (1551-1868)

5. Unification of Japan & the Tokugawa Rule (1551-1868)

From a society that the Chinese called 'barbaric' to American gunboats in Tokyo Bay, Japan experienced a great deal of change in three centuries. Center to much of that change was the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars

6. Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars

In this lesson, we will learn about Japanese imperialism. We will highlight the major territorial acquisitions and the wars that expanded the Japanese Empire.

The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

7. The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

In this lesson, we explore the opening of Japan to Western trade by Commodore Matthew Perry in the mid-18th century. We'll then look at the ensuing westernization of the country in the Meiji period.

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