How would the history of Japan change if the Shogunate won the Boshin War? Did they even have a chance?
Japan would still try to industrialize, but would take much longer because of the lessened European/American trade. So they don't become the dominant East Asian power in time for the two world wars, which means no Japanese hegemony in China. What would have happened to China in that scenario is a question more versed in the topic than I am. Anyway Japan would still probably fall to American influence at some point during the Cold War, and if not that, then Soviet influence, so it would basically become another pretty shitty Asian country considering how relatively poor it was.
Wrong, the Shogun had every intention to pursue modernization; in fact, it was the Shogun who first opened the doors to western trade before the Emperor declared a ban on it. The Boshin War was not a war between pro vs anti-modernization, it was a political struggle to determine who would be top dog in the new Japan.
Some artists have no clue what saber swordsmanship was actually and continued to draw scenes where cunts with sabers use them like Katanas.
Well, Emperor Meiji eliminated the Han system and abolished Feudalism hence the Samurai class. Would the Shogun have eliminated the feudal system, even though his whole damn bureaucracy relied on Daimyo and Samurai? Would the Samurai be like the equivalent of Knights in modern day Britain, I.E, just honorary titles with honorary names? The Imperial government had more or less a clean slate.
During the Meiji era, Katanas fell out of fashion. The military of Japan adopted all things western: guns, artillery, tactics, command structure, and, of course, swords. The Katana didn't become popular again until the rise of the militarist faction during the 1920's and 30's, when they pushed a lot of traditional aspects and paraphernalia of Japanese culture.
>THAT FUCKING PIC
Can you imagine how awkward it would be for a European trying to train and teach nips how to properly use a fucking saber? Holy shit.
No, to the people of Japan during this era, them deposing the Emperor would be as ridiculous and unlikely as the people of the Confederate States of America electing a black president.
Dude, Meiji government was also a Junta.
All evidence shows that Meiji pretty much remained a puppet and had little to say about the direction in which country was going. An example:he was strongly against going to war against Russia.
I was in Japan recently and bought pic related there, its dated 1894 so probably about the first japanese chinese war (dont know if thats the right term, I just directly translated the german term)