The Similarities And Differences Of European Knights And Feudalism In Europe

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Feudalism was not unique to Europe. As you have already read,the Japanese developed a very similar system halfway around the world from Europe at about the same time. But how similar were the two societies? LORDS And VASSALS EXPLANATION: In Europe, the basis for the feudal system was land. Kings and lords gave land to knights. In return, the knights promised to serve their lords and fight for them when necessary. Many Knights owned large manors. Peasants and serfs worked on the manors and paid the lords in food.A very similar system existed in Japan. There, the emperor gave land to great lords who were later called daimyo. In turn,these lords employed warriors called samurai. Like European Knights, the samurai promised to serve and fight for

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