Building a Modern Nation-State in Japan

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This resource introduces students to the development of a modern nation-state in Japan, including the idea that collective identity is constructed and can change over time. 

The PDF available on this page includes launch activities, lesson challenges, briefing sheets for the factors that led to Japan’s emergence as a modern-nation state, briefing sheets on the consequences of that development, and all required activity and assessment sheets.

These materials support the British Columbia (BC) Social Studies curriculum for Grade 9, which focuses on world events from 1750-1919.

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