1. Do you think the characteristics of feudalism help explain the later success of Western & Japanese societies?
Yes, the militaristic characteristics of the Western and Japanese societies help explain how much land they conquered and how powerful they were.
2. Have the political accomplishments of both Japan & Western Europe matched their economic achievements?
Both Japan and Western Europe practiced feudalism and they were both unusually successful in industrial development. They are both also proven adept at running capitalist economies, so the political accomplishments of both Japan and Western Europe have matched their economic achievements.
3. If so, in what ways? If not, why not?
Yes, the political accomplishments have matched their economic achievements as both the civilizations are proven adept at running capitalist economies. They were both successful in industrial development.
4. Which aspects of feudalism do you think had the greatest effect on those outcomes?
Feudalism was very militaristic which might have made so many societies and civilizations in their hands.
5. If feudalism had persisted in each area, would the outcomes have been as positive as they have been?
No, as feudalism left Japan with serious political and social problems. The government had many issues in controlling the warrior class and if feudalism had continued, Japan and England would not have become one of the world’s powers. They would not have had any scholarly or intelligent reforms and the New Age would probably not have started in England. Japan would not be a major country in technology if feudalism had continued in Japan.
6. What other factors should be taken into account if we want to fully analyze these trends?
Population and the technological development are some factors that need to be taken into account for fully analyzing these trends.
7. Why might Arab or Chinese historians be skeptical about any claims for