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In theory each mode of production is born and bread through the actions of the mode preceding it such that feudalism begot capitalism and capitalism will eventually fold under its own convictions and lay the trails for socialism or some form of communism Feudal conduct laid a very distinct and traceable framework for the formation of capitalism This paper will follow this path pointing out the major points in the transformation from feudalism to capitalism and then show the historical relevance of Marx theory of historical changeThe feudal mode of production consisted mainly in a broad simplistic sense of the relationship between lord and serf The serf would work a portion of the lords land In return he was apportioned a part of that land to work on his own free time in order to provide for himself and his family so he could reproduce his labor The portion of the crop that he did not harvest for his own subsistence was given to the lord The might of the feudal lord depended on the number of peasant proprietors Capital Volume I pp878 This simple framework will be regurgitated in the layout of the framework of capitalism with very minor variations The transformation from feudalism to capitalism is not immediate but rather is a gradual process with each step necessitating the next Out if feudal society came the bourgeoisie From the serfs of the Middle Ages sprang the chartered burghers of the earliest towns From these burgesses the first elements of the bourgeoisie were developed Marx Engels Reader Manifesto of the Communist Party pg 474 This new bourgeois class was surrounded by expansions manufacturing leading to the expropriation of the agricultural population from the land As stated in the Capital the rapid expansion of wool manufacture in Flanders and the corresponding rise in price of wool in England provided the direct impulse for these evictions The old nobility had been devoured by the great feudal
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