This is a 20 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Civilizations of East Asia - European v. Japanese Feudalism. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
After 500 years of living in a unified Europe, the Roman Empire collapsed leaving the people to fend for themselves. Exposed to the elements and virtually starving, they worked hard simply to survive and needed protection. These challenges gave rise to the economic and political system historian called feudalism.
In this system, people pledged loyalty to a powerful landowner (lord) in return for protection. Armed warriors (knights) fought on behalf of the lords. Peasants worked the land and some peasants who could not leave the land were called serfs.
The era of feudalism in Japan took place from the 12th through 19th centuries. During that period local rulers, either powerful families or military warlords, dominated the land, while the emperor was merely a figurehead and not a significant political presence. Japanese feudalism was organized around a four-tiered social structure: the samurai warrior class at the top, farmers & fisherman next, artisans, then merchants and shopkeepers at the bottom.
This hierarchy was due to Confucian ideals, which emphasized the importance of individuals who produced things. Japanese feudalism is notably different from European feudalism, which placed agricultural workers at the bottom of the social strata.
The presentation covers the following:
Definition of Feudalism
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This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Civilizations of East Asia.