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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Shlapentokh, Vladimir. Feudal America : elements of the middle ages in contemporary society / Vladimir Shlapentokh and Joshua Woods. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary: “Uses a feudal model to analyze contemporary American society, comparing its essential characteristics to those of medieval European societies”—Provided by publisher. ISBN 978-0-271-03781-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. United States—Social conditions—21st century. 2. United States—Politics and government—21st century. 3. United States—Economic conditions—21st century. I. Woods, Joshua. II. Title. HN59.2.S55 2011 306.0973’09051—dc22 2010039062 Copyright © 2011 The Pennsylvania State University All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Published by The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA 16802–1003 It is the policy of The Pennsylvania State University Press to use acid-free paper. Publications on uncoated stock satisfy the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Material, ANSI Z39.48–1992. This book is printed on Natures Natural, which contains 50% post-consumer waste. 00 Front_Shlapentokh 12/7/2010 9:11 AM Page iv ...