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Feudal Society

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Feudal Society discusses the economic and social conditions in which feudalism developed providing a deep understanding of the processes at work in medieval Europe
Published June 1st 1968 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1939)
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Simon Mcleish
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was first published on my blog here.

The foreword to this Routledge Classics edition, by Geoffrey Kozol, starts by asking, "Why read a work of history written over seventy years ago?" Clearly, after such a long time, a scholarly work of this kind no longer represents current knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, any more than earlier historical classics like Gibbons' Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire or Carlyle's history of The French Revolution do.

Each of the books me
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Il primo libro di storiografia medievale che io abbia letto. Avevo 16 anni e mi ha fatto scoprire la bellezza di una materia completamente affascinante.
Hugo Barbosa
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone seriously interested in medieval works.
Obra concisa sobre a era denominada feudal, desde o século VIII até ao século XIV. Não é leitura casual. O livro foi escrito por um conceituado historiador francês, March Bloch, para pessoas seriamente interessadas em história e que, pela natureza concisa do livro, o irão obrigatoriamente usar como ponto de partida para os seus próprios estudos (que é o que pretendo fazer). O livro traça as origens do sistema feudal, desde o desmembramento do Império Romano do Ocidente, com todas as influências ...more
Nicolas Valin
El autor analiza en esta obra, ya un clásico de la historiografía sobre el período medieval, el autor trata temas como el modelo feudal de sociedad y las diferentes características de las sociedades feudales de Europa occidental y central, desde la mitad del siglo VIII a finales del XIII. El autor, Marc Bloch, toca puntos clave como: el feudalismo como tipo social y su acción, ¿feudalismo o feudalismos?, características fundamentales del feudalismo europeo y la idea guerrera y la idea de contrat ...more
Gary Land
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I used excerpts from Bloch's magisterial work for several years in teaching the history of historical writing, but I had never read the whole book. Now that I have, I more fully recognize its significance in the development of historical methodology, as Bloch uses techniques from sociology and anthropology to more fully understand feudal society. But the resulting book is not an easy read. As a historian of the United States I have done little reading on the Medieval period of European history a ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rich of insights about Europe's furfural society

Historian Marc Bloch gives opinions about various aspects in Europe's feudal society. His analysis and observations are insightful, rich, and even entertaining.

I was (particularly) attracted to feudal Europe's relations with Arabs and Muslims, due to my interests.
Philip Cook
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, reference
Feudalism as written by a Frenchman. Seriously deep. He writes of aspects of history that had never occurred to me. A book for the student of history. Nothing is left out.

A member of the French resistance in the second world war this author died at the hands of the Nazis.
Karl Georg
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Entwicklunglinien und -phasen der Feudalgesellschaft im Mittelalter werden nachvollziehbar beschrieben und begründet. Zugleich gelingt es Bloch, die Lebensverhältnisse zu dieser Zeit erahnbar zu machen, ohne die Grenzen der Quellenlage zu verschweigen oder zu übertünchen.
Diogo Jesus
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tries to give a complete view of those times around X-XI century Europe. Many details, easy to read and gives his insight to this era. Investigates and thinks about what hes reading. When he doesnt know he doesnt hesitate to say it ...more
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Marc Léopold Benjamin Bloch (6 July 1886 in Lyon – 16 June 1944 in Saint-Didier-de-Formans) was a medieval historian, University Professor and French Army officer. Bloch was a founder of the Annales School, best known for his pioneering studies French Rural History and Feudal Society and his posthumously-published unfinished meditation on the writing of history, The Historian's Craft. He was captu ...more
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