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In 1890 parliamentary government replaced feudalism in Japan.
  the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century (vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war); or similar political/economic systems
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"Ultimately, the many ways the term feudalism has been used has deprived it of specific meaning, leading many historians and political theorists to reject it as a useful concept for understanding society."  Wikipedia (retrieved 9/23/09 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feudalism)
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  • In 1890 parliamentary government replaced feudalism in Japan.
  • Capitalism ended feudalism and allowed industrialization.
  • The future is as certain as the past - slavery, feudalism, individualism, collectivism.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Agent
  • Many of the most important problems of the last few centuries, such as the continuance of personal government in England, or of feudalism in France, have been solved entirely by means of physical force.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Soul of Man under Socialism

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  • In my grandfather’s Friday addresses he would talk about the poor and the landowners and how true Islam is against feudalism.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Some papers spoke of the end of feudalism and the dawn of a new age.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • But China and Japan never developed that kind of oppressive feudal system, because feudalism simply can’t work in a rice economy.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It was more like feudalism than patronage, but top artists lived well and seldom complained.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • All enjoyments for some, all privations for the rest, that is to say, for the people; privilege, exception, monopoly, feudalism, born from toil itself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They are the hieroglyphics of feudalism, succeeding those of theocracy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • His art, more than the art of feudalism as Walt Whitman called it, is the art of surfeit.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The economy was now characterized by feudalism, which meant that a few powerful nobles owned the land, which the serfs had to toil on in order to live.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And so it went…… It was a plutocratic feudalism …. eminently respectable.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • How feudalistic can you get!
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • "There is no God but God"; that symmetrical injunction melts in the mild airs of Man; it belongs to pilgrimages and universities, not to feudalism and agriculture.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The weapons with which the bourgeoisie felled feudalism to the ground are now turned against the bourgeoisie itself.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • In it, I attempted to trace the evolution of economic man from the earliest times up to the present, sketching out the path from ancient communal societies to feudalism to capitalism and socialism.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It was no maiden’s idle whim that started this hard racing; a fearful wilderness lay about the feet of that city after the War,—feudalism, poverty, the rise of the Third Estate, serfdom, the re-birth of Law and Order, and above and between all, the Veil of Race.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • I would have agreed to live under a system of feudal oppression, not because I preferred feudalism but because I felt that feudalism made use of a limited part of a man, defined him, his rank, his function in society.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Miss Stackpole was baffled; she evidently thought there was something treasonable in Mrs. Touchett’s appreciation of a class which she privately judged to be a mysterious survival of feudalism.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Whatever it was called-feudalism and serfdom or capitalism and industrial workers, it was unnatural and unjust.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Miss Stackpole was baffled; she evidently thought there was something treasonable in Mrs. Touchett’s appreciation of a class which she privately judged to be a mysterious survival of feudalism.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • This looked like a feudalism out of our own history—and maybe it was—but whether this mob was the Doral’s slaves, his serfs, his hired hands, or all members of one big family I never got straight.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Indeed, the Italian paid high tribute to his listeners’ fatherland for two inventions: gunpowder, which had turned feudalism’s suits of armor into junk, and the printing press, which had made possible the democratic propagation of ideas, or rather, the propagation of democratic ideas.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Ludovico Indian," he said gendy, but firmly, "since its beginning the world has seen empires, theocracies, slave states, anarchy, feudalism, capitalism, revolutionary states, and everything else you can think of, and no matter what the variation, the bloodstained stakes, guillotines, and killing grounds remain."
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Feudalism demands to share with theocracy, while awaiting the inevitable arrival of the people, who will assume the part of the lion: ~Quia nominor leo~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The hieroglyph deserts the cathedral, and betakes itself to blazoning the donjon keep, in order to lend prestige to feudalism.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Genius, scattered in the masses, repressed in every quarter under feudalism as under a ~testudo~ of brazen bucklers, finding no issue except in the direction of architecture,—gushed forth through that art, and its Iliads assumed the form of cathedrals.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Feudalism had constructed these great communities in a singular manner.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I would have agreed to live under a system of feudal oppression, not because I preferred feudalism but because I felt that feudalism made use of a limited part of a man, defined him, his rank, his function in society.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • For every social ill the panacea of Wealth has been urged,—wealth to overthrow the remains of the slave feudalism; wealth to raise the "cracker" Third Estate; wealth to employ the black serfs, and the prospect of wealth to keep them working; wealth as the end and aim of politics, and as the legal tender for law and order; and, finally, instead of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, wealth as the ideal of the Public School.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Add to this the violence so often done to the conscience, the forced vocations, feudalism bolstered up by the cloister, the right of the first-born pouring the excess of the family into monasticism, the ferocities of which we have just spoken, the in pace, the closed mouths, the walled-up brains, so many unfortunate minds placed in the dungeon of eternal vows, the taking of the habit, the interment of living souls.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is superb; it has a prodigious 14th of July, which delivers the globe; it forces all nations to take the oath of tennis; its night of the 4th of August dissolves in three hours a thousand years of feudalism; it makes of its logic the muscle of unanimous will; it multiplies itself under all sorts of forms of the sublime; it fills with its light Washington, Kosciusko, Bolivar, Bozzaris, Riego, Bem, Manin, Lopez, John Brown, Garibaldi; it is everywhere where the future is being lighted…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sharecropping was a kind of feudalism, but arguably better than the alternatives in the absence of forty acres and a mule.
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