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What is the system of economic ties between nobles and peasants?

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October 07, 2014 1:12AM

In general terms relevant mainly to the historical development of European society from the Middle Ages into early modernity, 'feudalism' is the name typically applied to the system of economic (and other) ties between nobles and peasants. While this system incorporated 'middling' layers of religious officials and military personnel, among others, it was based on the close (and often unbreakable) bond between land-working peasants and noble overlords.