Commodore Matthew Perry delivered the ultimatum from the US President that would force Japan to open her doors and modernise.
Saigo told his warriors to face death with honour. This was a tragic moment in Japanese history, tearing the nation apart. The soldiers waiting to attack Saigo’s samurai hated what they were about to do.
The race to modernise would change cultures and people all over the world. The Age of Industry would transform everything.
The old world of kings and landowners was crumbling under the force of the Industrial Revolution. The world was accelerating, and the modern age of superpowers was being born.
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