November 20, 2014
Japanese and Western European Feudalism
There are time periods in the history of both Japan and Western Europe in which feudalism was the system of government. In a feudal system, a peasant or worker known as a vassal received a piece of land in return for serving a lord or king, especially during times of war. It was the major political system of both cultures between the 11th and 13th centuries, involving a system of mutual obligations. Though they share the same name, there are a few major differences between the two, causing European feudalism to stand out as what most people likely think of feudalism today and Japanese feudalism to fall into the background. Although both systems of feudalism were based on mutual obligations and protection and influenced the social structures of their people, European feudalism was created to protect Europeans from outside invasions and focused on the economy while Japanese feudalism developed because of internal attacks by groups of uncontrolled armies and had more of a military aspect. European and Japanese feudalism were similar in the ...