Introductionand Thesis Statement
Thebeginning of the seventeenth century marked the beginning of the Edoperiod – one of the most powerful dynasties in Japanese history.Emperor Tokugawa Leyasu established peace throughout the kingdom andbrought about general progress in the economy. Japanese people couldtrade freely, explore the advancements in science and education thathappened at the time, and enjoy art and culture (Hayami, 2015). TheEdo period is an interesting time in world history because it markedthe rise of Japan as an important international trade center.
Before the seventeenth century, Asian countries rarely traded outsidetheir borders (Fouquet & Broadberry, 2015). The Edo period wasimportant as it marked the beginning of a new era of internationaltrade between Asia and the world. This research proposal willinvestigate how the Edo period influenced international trade betweenJapan and the rest of the world (McNabb, 2016). Using secondarysources of data, the researcher will look into how internationaltrading took place in the Edo dynasty. The researcher will alsoconduct an in depth analysis of Japan’s trading partners at thetime. Additionally, the researcher will find out how trade benefitedthe local population (Flueckiger, 2017). Since most of thisinformation is available in journals and past publications, thehistorian needs to do thorough research to ensure the data isaccurate and reliable. Multiple sources should be used to give thedata efficient credibility.
Inconclusion, the Edo period is an important time in world historybecause it is the period when Japan opened itself to the rest of theworld. After years of war, there was peace in Japan and the peoplecould freely carry out economic activities. Japanese traders couldsell and buy goods outside Japan. It is a good research topic becauseit highlights the importance of international trade in social andeconomic progress.
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