The Tyranny of a Construct: Feudalism and Historians of Medieval Europe

  title={The Tyranny of a Construct: Feudalism and Historians of Medieval Europe},
  author={Elizabeth A. R. Brown},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
  • E. A. Brown
  • Published 1 October 1974
  • History
  • The American Historical Review
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