Feudalism in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)Goody, Jack;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. African Institute for Economic Development and Planning(IDEP);
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Feudalism signified an institution based on tied labor of the un free workers (serfs) to the lords. Its social pattern was hierarchical in organization with rulers, personnel, clerics, and literates at the top and the merchants, crafts men, townsmen, and the peasants at the bottom. The serfs depended very largely on family labor to meet their feudal and other obligations. Consequently, a direct relationship existed between agricultural production and biological reproduction. Precisely, if a peasant family swelled in size, it was considered beneficial both to the serf and the lord. various political and economic features are clearly linked together in practice and there is a comprehensive approach that tries to define feudalism in terms of a number of these associated institutions.