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Shogunate Japan: Social classes

A resource guide for the Year 8 History Samurai assignment

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During the Shogunate period, Japan was divided into a four-tiered class system. This system was structured around the Confucian 'shi-ko-no-sho' system. This involved eight major positions of society, with two lower than all of them that are not worthy to even be considered part of the system. All of these eight positions, with the exception of the Emperor, are divided into either 'shi', 'no', 'ko' or 'sho'. Read through the resources below to learn more about this system and how it was organised.