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Not Feudalism!

I once took a class in Chinese history.  For the final examination we needed to learn terms and be able to identify these terms.  One such term was “the fengjian system”.  I looked it up in the course textbook and the only thing written about the fengjian system was that it was not feudalism.

From that I concluded it probably had to be a form of feudalism.

Because there are a lot of things that are not feudalism.  I’m not feudalism.  Presumably you’re not feudalism.  But only if something is pretty much feudalism, is it worth it for the writer of a textbook to define it as “not feudalism”.

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