a way of structuring society around relationships that were derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labor

Feudalism - Wikipedia

social hierarchy was established based on local administrative control and the distribution of land into units (fiefs). A landowner (lord) gave a fief, along with a promise of military and legal protection, in return for a payment of some kind from the person who received it (vassal).

Feudalism - World History Encyclopedia

Political theory.

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