The event that shaped Japan's history as we know it today.
Before the 1870s, Japan was ruled by the Shogun, a military ruler, for all intents and purposes. In 1854 that began to change when Commodore Matthew Perry of the US Navy pulled into a harbor in Shimoda and used Gunboat Diplomacy to open Japan into trading with the outside world. This opened up all kinds of turmoil within the various clans. In 1866, the Satsuma and Choshu clans allied and built the foundation of the Meiji restoration, challenging the Tokugawa clan to restore power to the emperor. The previous Emperor passed away in 1867, allowing Meiji(Mutsuhito) to take the throne. The Meiji restoration officially began when the shogunate resigned and handed duties and prerogatives over to The Emperor. The Boshin War began in 1868, when the Shogunate made a last ditch effort to create a republic in modern-day Hokkaido and fought with the Emperor's forces as a result.
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