Which states in Europe have developed in much the same way as Japan? What are the similarities, what are the differences? Did similar events take place in these regions at the same time?
Japan’s insular position brings it closer to England. But the complex system of winds in the seas around Japan made it “more distant” from the mainland than England from Europe. As a result, Japan has never been conquered by the troops of the mainland powers, unlike England, conquered by the Saxons in the 5th century and the Normans in the 11th century.Accordingly, the history of Japan at first proceeded somewhat ahead of the rhythm of English history. For example, the first centralization of Japan took place at the beginning of the 8th century (in England – at the end of the 9th century). Feudalism in Japan fully developed in the X century (in England — in the XII century). However, later (under the influence of mainland European states), the social development of England accelerated, and she “overtook” Japan; absolutism won in England at the end of the 15th century, and in Japan a century later.
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