A feudal monarchy is a system of political organization that has its basis in relationships between land owners (nobles) and the people who work the land in return for the nobles' protection (serfs). This system of gover... More »

A series of agricultural disasters and the movement of the black death through Europe brought an end to feudalism. As there were few people left to uphold it, feudalism gradually gave way to better economic circumstances... More »

In the Middle Ages, Western Europe and Japan operated under feudal systems. Similarities between Japanese and European feudalism include the division of the classes and the relationships of the people living within each ... More »

Muslims were able to successfully build the Arab Empire because they conquered a lot of land quickly and then united the people of each land through the Muslim faith, also called Islam. The Muslim conquests took place in... More »

In medieval times, the role of the king was to own land, lead his country and people in times of war and set laws. A king was, essentially, the supreme ruler of his land. More »

The Ghana Empire amassed large volumes of gold and resources, expanded trade among nations near and far, established a structured court system and introduced standard military organization. The Ghana Empire, also called ... More »

Nobles in the Middle Ages ranked second on the hierarchical social ladder: kings and queens filled the top spots, while knights, clergy, tradesmen and peasants formed the ladder below nobles. Social mobility in the Middl... More »