rangaku

(Japanese: `Dutch learning`), concerted effort by Japanese scholars during the late Tokugawa period (late 18th–19th century) to learn the Dutch ... [2 related articles]
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Rangaku

Through Rangaku, Japan learned many aspects of the scientific and technological revolution occurring in Europe at that time, helping the country build up the beginnings of a theoretical and technological scientific base, which helps to explain Japan’s success in its radical and speedy modernization following the opening of the country to foreign
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