Ap review 1750ad-1914ad stay focused on the big picture

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During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japan succeeded in keeping European influences away from its shores. It consequently built a highly ethnocentric, self-involved society, especially because it didn't allow its own citizens to travel abroad. But by the nineteenth century and the Indus­trial Revolution, the Europeans and the United States became so powerful and so crazed for markets, that Japan found it hard to keep the westerners at bay. In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry from the United States arrived in Japan on a steamboat (something the Japanese had never seen before) and essentially shocked the Japanese, who quickly realized that their isolation had resulted in their inability to compete economically and militarily with the industrialized world.

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