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Shoguns, Samurai and the Japanese Middle Ages (6:26)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 00:35 Beginning around the late twelfth century, what class became increasingly powerful? Who lost power?
  2. 00:45 What new political system emerged around this time?
  3. 02:03 Was power centralized under the shogunate or bakufu system? Who held power under this system?
  4. 02:13 What are some similarities between the bakufu system in Japan and feudalism in Europe?
  5. 05:00 What did guns have to do with Japanese reunification?