Economy, Policies and Society in Edo Japan
Entry # 3- Katrina
Economy: The economy sky rocketed up at first because of the increased production, road improvement and the new coin currency. But that eventually wore out, because of the small amount of foreign trade, some peasants continued to use rice as the currency and because of the overtaxing of peasants by the Shogun. So the isolation began as good thing that increased the economy but soon changed to something with a lot of drawbacks that decreased the economy a lot, which also affected the society and political situation a lot.
Political Situation: The Political Situation was ran mainly by the Shogun, even though the Emperor was higher up on the social hierarchy. The Shogun had a lot more new rule making power than the Emperor, even though the Emperor had all the decision making power. Because of this, the Shogun basically ran the social hierarchy, because for some reason he seemed to have more control over the the citizens than the Emperor. When Japan decided to go into isolation, the Emperor still had the majority of the power but as isolation went on, the Shogun soon began to more powerful and took over the role of rule making, even though the Emperor still had the final decision.
Social Structure: The social structure in Edo at this time,was ran by the Emperor, with the Shogun right behind, which they worked together for decision making. From there it goes down to Daimyos and then the Samurais, which then goes down to Ronin then Peasants and finally artisans then merchants. During the isolation time in Edo, these classes had to work together to make the country of Japan work and be able to survive, since during this time, Japan was completely self-sufficient. They also used the women to reproduce and keep the traditions and population alive, which wasn't very hard at this time because of the isolation from most other influences.