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The 1000 year mark was an important one in Western civilizations it marked many changes These changes changed were very important to the civilization of this time Some of these changes included the rise of Feudalism Geography technology economy Monarchy and the role of women Feudalism a system of government in which those who possessed landed estates also possessed political power Stavrianos pg 229 this system replaced state power with contractual agreements between lords and vassals This system started when German Kings who had over taken Rome could not afford to run the current system of government they granted them estates These estates were sometimes called fiefs these were then divided into smaller ones The system lead to the lords having allot of influence they were the ones who voted on who would be king even thought they did not obey the kings authority they ran their own estates Manorialism also came about with no political system the economical system also changed The Manor was a self sufficient being it was a village of sorts The serts were the ones who did all the work they were not allowed to leave the Manor Trading basically disappeared and the Manors had to make every thing for them selves With this weak political system the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope was allowed to gain much power The Geography of western Eurasia was also an advantage they were able to avoid being incursion form other after 1000 They also had very good natural resources The land was exemplary for agriculture Europe north of the Mediterranean basin was subject to consent rain fall and also fertile soil The resources were not used before because they needed some experience and tools to be done effectively Technology was also on the rise More technological progress was made during the period of medieval western Europe than had been made during the entire history of classical Greece an Rome
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