ERIC AND GEORGE
The governing systems that both Japan and Europe used were similar in structure, ethics, and military influences Both civilizations had a system of rule referred to as feudalism. They had a top ruler who had absolute power and gave out his land to respected lords that had their own kingdoms. These lords were protected by an elite warrior class that offered their military service in exchange for social respect and pay from the lords. These upper classes had a large class of commoners to rule over. They also both had similar ethics in the warrior class like the Code of Conduct for the Knights and the Bushido for the Samurai. These “codes” were rules and guidelines that the warriors lived by that governed them socially, politically, and ethically. Finally both systems had a strong military influence thanks to a strong warrior class that led to many warring kingdoms within the civilizations. Also this created a strong defense system as constant attacks by enemy kingdoms threatened the lords rule. They both built castles with curved walls to make attacks harder. These two feudalistic civilizations had differences in structure and ethics. The majority of difference between the two lies in the warrior class. Although they shared similar overall roles in their respective systems they had many differences. One of which being there armour; knights had heavy metal armour that was sturdy but very hard to haul around. Samurai had leather armour with strips of iron infused into various spots of their uniform. Also Samurai led a more honorable lifestyle. Knights practiced chivalry but it paled in comparison to the Samurai way of life. Japanese warriors for starters committed suicide instead of admitting defeat or capture. Also they were above peasant people so they would not pillage villages or harm commoners. Japan held their warriors to a moral code that governed them to ...
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