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World Before 18th Century : Feudalism
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In this lesson the educator talks about in detail the world before 18th century. In this particular video she talks about the social and economic system fedualism in detail.

Ashna Sisodia is teaching live on Unacademy Plus

Ashna Sisodia
PSIR Optional Faculty, CS Engineer, M.A. in Political Science. Scored 125 in Prelims and 140 in the Essay Paper of UPSC Mains 2017.

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mam kya m sirf video se padhoo aur book reading na Karu toh Ise koi problem toh nahi hogi??
Banty Tiwari
8 months ago
No video ki ashrit Mt raho
can anyone tell me is the videos available in PDF format or not??
ma'am which book you used to make this series... please tell me is this course sufficient as mains perspective or required any additional sources
a doubt. In the peasants hierarcy, the 3rd category, villeins: u said that they work for a fixed period or otherwise thay are free. So for that fixed time they work, do they get money?
Ashna Sisodia
2 years ago
Fixed period as in they have to serve the lord let’s say 10 months. For this period he will receive no payment. He will be just allowed to use things for his survival like food n water or home in the lord’s land.
hai can feudalism be called as "zamindhari systems" as they also own lands for a continuous period
Ashna Sisodia
2 years ago
Feudalism is different. Zamindari system mein political power raja k hi hath mein thi. Central authority was king not the zamindars.
2 years ago
thank u
2 years ago
can u suggest some ways to study history as I don't know how to study
  1. World History Presented by : Ashna Sisodia

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  4. 1.1 Feudalism Word feud', which means 'conditional ownership of land" New social and economic system-prevailing in Western Europe Medieval period (600-1500 AD) Society was divided into rigid classes Politically-no central authority-numerous Feudal Lords controlled the affairs of the society King was not powerful Economy decline in trade as well as towns influence of the Church Main Source of power: Land (not money) self-sufficient villages and produced little surplus for trade. extended beyond religious affairs in Europe.

  5. 1.2 Why Feudalism developed? Due to lack of a single central political authority I disintegrated into many small and big kingdoms Western Europe was Local Lords controlled the affairs of the society became more powerful than the King

  6. 1.3 Features of Feudalism O The peasants worked on the land of the Feudal Lord, which was organized into many Estates or Manors. Each Manor had a Castle (home of the Lord), farms for peasants to work, houses for peasants to stay, workshops for peasants to produce non-agricultural goods and common woods for lumberjacks to cut. Whatever was produced on the Manor was consumed by the Lord and the inhabitants, while very little was traded. The workers on the Manor included the Serfs (slaves) and the Tenant farmers. The farm was divided into strips of land. While some were given to the tenants who paid a share ofthe produce as tax to the Lord, rest of the land belonged to the Lord

  7. Peasants Hierarchy O The Peasants were classified into following: l. Seris: they worked on the land for free and had to perform all labor for him as he desired. They were not free and were tied to the land. This meant that their owners changed with the change in ownership of the land from one Lord to another. This system came to be known as Serfdom. 2. Freeholders: free and only paid a tax fixed by the Lord. 3. Villeins: For a fixed number of days they worked for the Lord but otherwise they were free and paid tax in form of a part of their agricultural produce. Freemen: they were the Serfs freed by their Lords on their discretion 4.

  8. Feudal Hierarchy King Dukes and Earls Barons Knights Peasants

  9. The Feudal Hierarchy King at the top. Noblemen below the King (hierarchy of overlords and subordinate lords). Hierarchical system was unbreachable i.e. a lower Lord would only follow commands of his immediate overlord and not of Lords further higher in the hierarchy. O The King could only order the Dukes and the Earls who would then order their subordinate Lords and so on. The Dukes and Earls got military support from the Barons who were like Military Generals who further depended on the Knights, the actual warriors

  10. 1 Lord himself vas not the direct owner of the land under him. He held land in the name of his overlord. Thus legally, authority to grant Knighthood to son of a Nobleman who could then affix 'Sir' to his name Each Lord had his own soldiers and was the sole authority in his estate. Thus there was no central authority in functional terms and King was a central authority only in legal terms resulting in very little political unity. Gradually, this Hierarchy became Hereditary. The sons of a Lord would become the next Lords. all territory belonged to the King It was the King who only had the