-Social Order
  • the goals were prosperity and strength with the saying " rich country, strong army"
  • the government sent out students and officials to study different constitutions and learn more about technology
  • Meiji leaders goal was to to centralize power
  • destroyed old social order
  • new governors were appointed causing most daimyo removed from power
  • government abolished Samari class
  • Samari and Daimyo couldn't show military statusMeiji.gif

-Tax System
  • revamped tax system
  • hired foriegn experts to facilitate economic development
  • converted grain tax into a fixed-money tax in 1873
  • assess taxes on potential productivity of arable land

-Constitutional government
  • constitution and representative government
  • the emperor gave the people a constitution as a "voluntary gift"
  • power lied with the emperor
  • parmilment could advise the emperor but never control
  • established property restrictions

  • Meiji government created modern transportion, communtications, and educational infrastructure
  • establishment of:
-steamship lines
  • abolished guild restrictions and internal tariffs



  • based on neat hierarchy of lords and vassels
  • took charge of political/military affairs
  • organize territory and maintain order
  • built a decentralized society:
-collected taxes, administrated local affairs, mobolized armed forces, decided legal disputes, and sought to enhance their own authority at the expense of their superiors.
  • military given grants for themselves and their family
  • political authorities and military specialists- hereditary noble classes living off the surplus agricultural production that it extracted from cultivators
  • confusing network between lords and retainers, element of instability in political order
  • slaves and free peasents
  • serfs
-work certain land and pass rights to those lands along their heirs
  • principal form of agricultural organization in western europe [manors]
  • lords could execute serfs for serious misconduct such as murder or other violent crimes

From 600 to 1450, Japanese and Europeans maintained a feudal system by taxation and laws however differed socially.


Both european and japanese feudalsim had political structure, social structure, and honor code. They were different in how they treated women and legal arrangement. Europe had almost a contract feudalism where as japan's feudalism was an arrangement based soley on group identity and loyalty. Feudalism in japan and europe was based on culture which made the system stay around for a long time.

Good work. Like the pictures to demonstrate your point. Could use a couple links though. Chris S.