Question: How did the shoguns end up ruling Japan instead of the emperor?

How did the shoguns rule Japan?

The shogunate was the hereditary military dictatorship of Japan (1192–1867). Legally, the shogun answered to the emperor, but, as Japan evolved into a feudal society, control of the military became tantamount to control of the country.

How did the shogun become more powerful than the emperor?

The word shogun is a title that was granted by the Emperor to the countrys top military commander. During the Heian period (794-1185) the members of the military gradually became more powerful than the court officials, and eventually they took control of the whole government.

How did Japanese shoguns legitimize their power?

In order to legitimize their rule and to maintain stability, the shoguns espoused a Neo-Confucian ideology that reinforced the social hierarchy placing warrior, peasant, artisan, and merchant in descending order. The early economy was based on agriculture, with rice as the measured unit of wealth.

Who held the most power under Japanese feudalism?

Explain why Shoguns had the real power while the emperor was on top of the pyramid. They were the supreme military commanders of the Feudalistic Japan.

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