The Trajectory of Feudalism and Class Struggle in England

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Prior to analysing English development in the terms proposed, I shall briefly outline the two dominant historical schools of the medieval period – which I shall term the ‘classical’ and ‘demographic’ perspectives. These two perspectives are introduced because they have influenced Marxist accounts of this period, in the relative absence of detailed Marxist discussions of English development. I shall use these two perspectives as a springboard from which to develop in detail my analysis of the role of class struggle and to illustrate how my revised theory of feudalism is able to dea1 with the complexity of English development.


Labour Service Thirteenth Century Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century Class Struggle 
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