Feudalism in Japan — a Reassessment

  title={Feudalism in Japan — a Reassessment},
  author={John Whitney Hall},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={15 - 51}
  • J. W. Hall
  • Published 1 October 1962
  • History, Economics
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
The question of whether Japan can rightly be said to “have had feudalism” is by no means settled. Although Westerners have been writing about “Japanese feudalism” for well over a hundred years, the acceptability of this practice is still a matter of controversy among professional historians, notably among those who make the study of medieval Europe their specialty. To a long line of Western historians ending with Herbert Norman, however, there was no question about the appropriateness of… 
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