In a few words, what is feudalism? Be specific.
Feudalism was a social and political structure prevalent in Medieval Europe. The structure was based on a hierarchical system in which vassals pledged loyalty to lords. This system of governance was eventually replaced by the rise of nation-states.
Vassal: A person who pledges loyalty to a lord and holds land from them in return for services. Lord: The superior figure in the feudal hierarchy, typically a nobleman or monarch. Nation State: An independent state comprising a group of people with a common language and culture that is entitled to self-governance.
Do you think feudalism had a positive or negative impact on European society?
The Magna Carta, signed in 1215, was an early example of a document limiting the power of the king in England. The Spanish version of Feudalism was called 'señorío', which was based on a personal relationship between the monarch and their vassals. The feudal system provided stability to Europe during the Dark Ages (400-1000AD).
Draw / write: What were some of the main political and economic benefits of feudalism for European rulers?
Draw / write: What were some of the main disadvantages of feudalism for European peasants?
How did the desire for resources impact the development of European feudalism?
What lessons can be learned from the development of European feudalism that can help us understand global economic interdependence today?