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Feudalism europe vs japan essays

Also, the feudal period of Japanese history was more persistent, partially due to Japan's self-imposed relative isolation from the outside world. In Japan, moral beliefs centered around filial piety and the idea of duty. The daimyo and samurai had a moral obligation to protect the peasants living on their land, while the peasants had a moral obligation to respect and pay food taxes to the nobility in return. Neither party, culturally speaking, could sway from this arrangement. The samurai of Japan did not independently own land. Instead, the daimyo allotted them a portion to live on and paid an income based in rice. The Japanese feudal system was also more resistant to change. After the unification of Japan in the early 6655s, the country expelled all foreigners in 6689, and it closed off the land, aside from a Dutch trading post in Nagasaki and a few other ports.

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This nearly eliminated foreign influence and most importantly firearms, which were a force equalizer that helped eliminate the knights' hold over Europe. Oops. A firewall is blocking access to Prezi content. Check out to learn more or contact your system administrator.

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Sorry for the inconvenience. If the problem persists you can find support at This centered around three concepts of lords, vassals and fiefs. Although feudalism is largely considered a European invention, a type of feudalism was invented by the Japanese, at about the same period that European feudalism was at its peak, which was completely independent of the European system. Use your prior Knowledge to complate the hierarchy of Feudal Japan and Feudal Europe Japanese and European feudalism shared a number of similarities. In both lands, individual landowners gained power. This happened because strong central governments did not exist in either region.

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In Europe, strong landowners were called lords. In Japan, they were called daimyo. Both lords and daimyo had many peasants working for them. Farming was the main economic activity on both European and Japanese estates. Both Japan and Europe relied on professionally trained soldiers for protection. In Europe, these soldiers were known as knights.

They were known as samurai in Japan. Both Japanese and European societies placed a high value on military skills and loyalty. In Europe, knights had to follow a code of behavior known as chivalry. According to this code, knights were expected to be brave, loyal, and show kindness to the weak. The samurai code of behavior was known as bushido. This code promoted similar values to chivalry:

courage, kindness, and loyalty to the daimyo, or lord. Cultural Differences- How were the societies different?

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