Feudalism in Japan and Europe

Feudalism was similar in Japan and Western Europe because they both wanted protection from attacks. Both places went through a lot of harsh warfare in their countries and many lower class people wanted protection from the breakouts, so they began to turn to the upper lords. In Japan, the peasants and artisans were worried about being killed, so they went to the daimyos or the vassal lords for protection. The peasants gave them their land and offered their service. They became farmers. The artisans became weapon makers. The daimyo, in return, protected the people from harm.

In Western Europe, the serfs (peasants) were worried about attack and asked the upper lords for protection. As a result, the serfs gave up their land and worked for the lords. In return, the lords protected them from attack. Feudalism was also different in Japan and Western Europe. They both turned into a feudal society for protection, but for protection from different forces. During the 12th century, Japan’s Imperial government is weak so fights begin to break out within Japan between different clans attempting to take control.

Wars broke out everywhere between the different lords, so peasants turned to Daimyo to protect them. The samurai also contributed to this. In Western Europe, there were invaders coming from the outside. From the 9th century to the 10th century, the Vikings, Magyars, and Moors were attacking Western Europe. The government failed to protect the people, so they turned to feudalism. The serfs gave the lords their service and lord protected the serfs in return.

Japan and Western Europe’s feudal system is similar because they both turned to feudalism because of intense fights breaking out through the region. They are also different because they both live in different conditions. Japan is an island so it’s harder for outsiders to attack. This resulted in attacks within the country. Western Europe is basically all land, so invaders can invade easier. This resulted in attack from the different people. Also, the very west side of Western Europe is all water, so that is where the Vikings came from.