preview

How Did Feudalism Affect The Zhou Dynasty

Good Essays
The system of feudalism weakened the Zhou Dynasty (1123?-256 BCE) and lead to the Warring States period because the system gave too much power to the nobles, causing them to become more powerful than the king and eventually have the potential to take over ruling. Feudalism is defined as a political system in which nobles are granted the use of land that legally belong to their king, in exchange for their loyalty, military service, and protection for the people who live on the land. According to the Zhou King Chao advisor Ying-hou in the 2nd century BCE, “A hundred men scrambling to fetch a gourd by cart will accomplish less than one man holding it in his hand and walking purposefully.” This relates to the negative impact feudalism had because
Get Access