Feudalism in Japan and Europe

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During the 8th to 16th centuries, feudalism has been used successfully as a political system for governing a country. Two of the largest and most famous of Feudal Ages have been that of Europe (1150-1600) and Japan (1400-1700). While both civilizations were quite similar during these time periods, Japan’s civilization clearly is superior in many ways. When compared, the role of religion, the weaponry and armor, and the warrior codes of conducts of both countries can easily prove this point. This all played important parts in shaping the world as we know it.

The roles which religion played in each culture prove how Europe was inferior to Japan in feudal times. During Europe’s feudal period, the Catholic Church had an enormous amount of power. Their beliefs and doctrines helped them put a hand in every aspect of European society for every social class. Kings bowed down and submitted before popes; otherwise they could be punished or worse excommunicated. (Spielvogel) They were forced to become nothing more than puppets for the Catholic Church’s power and were used to further its control. For example Kings and lords no longer made decisions based on the well fare of the people, or even the state, but in the best interest of the Church. (Spielvogel) Church and state became so intertwined during this period that they literally became one. It went so far in a certain period that the pope could single handedly choose a king of his liking. (Spielvogel) Thus selecting a king who would be completely loyal to him. The influence of the Church became so powerful that it caused the prejudice and persecution of those of different religions, for example the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades. Hundreds of thousands died because of the greed and cruelty of the Catholic Church. As a result in made people question the church and their teachings. From this came the separations and the beginning of new churches. The most famous example is Martin Luther and his 95 thesis....
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