Interesting Areas of Japanese History? EPQ Help!

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I'm taking EPQ this year and I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding what exactly I should do the paper on.

I want to do something on an area of Japanese history, however I'm not exactly sure what area I should choose. I was thinking of doing the 1945 bombings, either that or something about how Japan decided to close forbid foreigners from entering the country in the 1600s. However, I'm really not sure.

If you have any ideas, that would be great! At this stage I'm panicking so much that anything would help!

Thank you!!
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I'm taking EPQ this year and I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding what exactly I should do the paper on.

I want to do something on an area of Japanese history, however I'm not exactly sure what area I should choose. I was thinking of doing the 1945 bombings, either that or something about how Japan decided to close forbid foreigners from entering the country in the 1600s. However, I'm really not sure.

If you have any ideas, that would be great! At this stage I'm panicking so much that anything would help!

Thank you!!
Hmm, I'm not actually so good with Japanese history but I will try to help you out OP!

If you were to do the bombings, what angle would you take? What would your argument be?


Other things to think about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakumatsu - very important time in Japanese history.

The second Sino-Japanese war... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Sino-Japanese_War

Annexation of Korea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_under_Japanese_rule

The Russo-Japanese war http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War was a very important event in the fall of the last Tsar, so could be interesting to write about it from a Japanese history perspective...?

Once you've found something you think is interesting, it would be good to read/skim a few books that historians have already written so you can get an idea of the historiography/what the existing debates are. That way you can give your project a good angle/title and a narrow focus. That'll make it all a lot easier to write!
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Hmm, I'm not actually so good with Japanese history but I will try to help you out OP!

If you were to do the bombings, what angle would you take? What would your argument be?


Other things to think about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakumatsu - very important time in Japanese history.

The second Sino-Japanese war... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Sino-Japanese_War

Annexation of Korea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_under_Japanese_rule

The Russo-Japanese war http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War was a very important event in the fall of the last Tsar, so could be interesting to write about it from a Japanese history perspective...?

Once you've found something you think is interesting, it would be good to read/skim a few books that historians have already written so you can get an idea of the historiography/what the existing debates are. That way you can give your project a good angle/title and a narrow focus. That'll make it all a lot easier to write!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! This has really helped!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! This has really helped!
:woo: Glad to hear!
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You need to think what topics have the most books/journals on them as they will make the EPQ much easier. Before choosing your topic, make sure there are sufficient books to write the 5000 word report!

WWII bombings would be great as I'm sure there would be loads of books on it. There's loads of things for WWII such as Pearl Harbour and how Japan dominated the Pacific etc and then then battles they had with the USA such as Midway and Leyte-Gulf! I assume more modern events such as the 20th century onwards will have quite a few articles etc. in comparison to Japan in the 1600s. This one is more economic history but you could talk about Japan's post war boom economy and how following their WWII defeat, spending on defence was reduced and spending on infrastructure increased to allow the economy to expand.

If you have any more questions, ask away! I just did an economics related EPQ on the Asset Price bubble and Lost Decade of the 1980s/90s in Japan and am half-Japanese myself
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(Original post by Amy_Kathryn)
I'm taking EPQ this year and I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding what exactly I should do the paper on.

I want to do something on an area of Japanese history, however I'm not exactly sure what area I should choose. I was thinking of doing the 1945 bombings, either that or something about how Japan decided to close forbid foreigners from entering the country in the 1600s. However, I'm really not sure.

If you have any ideas, that would be great! At this stage I'm panicking so much that anything would help!

Thank you!!
-Sengoku Jidai
-Ainu conquests by the Yamoto (Japanese)
-Samurai invasion of Korea
-WW2
-First contact with europeans
-Meiji Restoration
-Modernisation and rapid advancement post-WW2
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-Sengoku Jidai
-Ainu conquests by the Yamoto (Japanese)
-Samurai invasion of Korea
-WW2
-First contact with europeans
-Meiji Restoration
-Modernisation and rapid advancement post-WW2
Seconded, you could fill a library with Commodore Perry and the history and consequences behind that
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Just wanted to update the post! I ended up doing a project on Commodore Perry - whether it was really his actions that caused the 'opening' of Japan, or other factors (i.e. internal political/social/economic issues, fear of war, etc) , or even whether his role was of any great significance. I ended up with an A Thanks to everyone who posted! It helped a lot!
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Just wanted to update the post! I ended up doing a project on Commodore Perry - whether it was really his actions that caused the 'opening' of Japan, or other factors (i.e. internal political/social/economic issues, fear of war, etc) , or even whether his role was of any great significance. I ended up with an A Thanks to everyone who posted! It helped a lot!
That's brilliant Thanks for updating everyone. Well done on your mark, that's great to hear :woo: You must be really pleased
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