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Comparative Feudalism in Japan and Western Europe Around the 9th 12th centuries Western Europe and Japan developed new governments very similar to one another Both Western Europe and Japan made these new governments completely separate from the other In a time in which both areas could not establish a centralized government they adapted a new form of government to their liking They were no able to control local landholders with great amounts of land from becoming local powers and couldnt develop the central government to become strong enough to do away with these local governments to form one big one In the process Feudalism as historians called it was formed in Western Europe and Japan The aspects of Feudalism include P- Feudalisms main difference from other governments at the time was the political structure Instead of a centralized government with one head leader Feudalism incorporated a king or ruler that was in essence at the head but it had local governments run by great landowners whom ran their area This included the landowners own sort of law enforcement Some Feudal lords even had their own small military groups of soldiers E- The economic ways of the Feudal system were vastly different from the economic systems run by previous empiresgovernments including Rome China and others Instead of using a monetary system gold and silver coins paper money etc it was replaced by a system that used land as payment For different things meritorious work or religious purpose or in lieu of some service to the King R- The common religion of people in Western Europe during the Feudal period was Christianity It had spread from the Middle East by this time and was quite predominant in Western Europe Japan on the other hand was primarily Buddhist at the time S- The Feudal system was set up so that there wasnt really a middle class There were the large landowners and then their subjects
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