Breaking Barriers, Constructing Commerce

Breaking Japan's Barrier of Isolation


Samarth Venkatesh
Alex Dimov
Senior Group Website​​​​​​​
Word Count: 1200
Process Paper Word Count: 499

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The Matthew Perry Expedition acted as the catalyst for breaking Japan's barrier of isolation, which propelled boiling politics in Japan to erupt in the Meiji Restoration. Though Japan adopted Western ideas of bureaucracy, military, and trade, and became a world power, many citizens grew wary of the US due to the experience with Perry, and future relationships between Japan and the US became tinged with this experience.

Samarth Venkatesh
Alex Dimov
Senior Group Website
Word Count: 1200​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Process Paper Word Count: 499