Tradition and Change in East Asia. Before you get started. East Asia is a frequent choice for compare and contrast and change-over-time questions on the national exam.
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While the Ming and Qing emperors succeeded in their goal of restoring and maintaining Chinese traditional hierarchy and patriarchy, they could not prevent the impact of new food crops from abroad and the impact of global trade on the Chinese economy which produced great wealth, urban growth, and an ensuing boom in population.
After nearly four centuries of civil disorder, political unification emerged in Japan in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Like their Chinese neighbors, Japanese shoguns would promote the idea of traditional values to lay the foundation for long-term political and social stability, but ultimately be unable to withstand foreign influences or restrict commercial interactions.