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in Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History

Second edition

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781933782652
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622718

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Feudalism is a much-contested term in world history. Scholars most often use it to describe certain political (and sometimes economic) systems in the preindustrial world, but they have not agreed on the characteristics that define a system as feudal. As a term that is paradoxically both too vague and too precise, an increasing number of historians consider it best avoided except in very restricted historical fields of study.

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