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Feudalism Europe vs Japan Just like a democracy a monarchy or a dictatorship feudalism is another form of government used to rule large groups of people Feudalism took form around the 850s AD when a strong central government was not working well According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language feudalism means a political and economic system of Europe from the 9th to about the 15th century based on the relation of lord to vassal as a result of land being held on condition of homage and service This basically what the government was Lords and nobles gave land to other nobles called vassals in return loyalty ransom if they were captured in war an army taxes and other services when they were asked This system of government was used in Europe and Japan during the middle ages 850s 1500s AD Feudalism in Europe Charlemagne the son of Pepin came to the throne of the Carolingian dynasty in France in 768 AD He wanted to revive the Roman Empire and Pope Leo III crowned him Emperor of the Romans He ruled until 814 but his son Louis the Pious could not keep the empire together His three sons Lothair Charles and Louis did no better as the empire split into three parts Outside invaders finally put an end to Frankish rule An anarchy was the new government in France However small local governments began to rise and by 900 AD feudalism was the way of life in France By the 1000s AD feudalism was the government all over Europe The system was complicated but it worked Basically the people gave up their personal freedom in return for protection People of a very high social status became lords They usually were tenants of the king there was a king but he had little power They owned a lot of land which they could not rule by themselves so they gave it up
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