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Feudalism
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1. Concept and general development

The term feudalism (German Lehnwesen or  Feudalismus, from Latin feodum/feudum) originated in the early modern period; it was generally used primarily to describe the constitutional and social situation in the Middle Ages. When the term is used in the context of the early modern period, it generally denotes feudal society. …

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Schnettger, Matthias and Tresp, Uwe, “Feudalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023254>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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