Abstract

This article argues against the claims made in R. J. Barendse's article "The Feudal Mutation." It shows first that in philosophical and historiographical terms, feudalism is a term with no agreed definition that is being rejected by European medievalists, so that reviving it in a world historical context will confuse more than enlighten. Second, it argues that the historical process supposedly described by the term feudal mutation did not happen. There was no Eurasian "warhorse revolution" in the period 900Ð1200, no consistent change in patterns of agrarian production, and no demonstrable link between these two patternless phenomena.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8050
Print ISSN
1045-6007
Pages
pp. 531-550
Launched on MUSE
2003-12-10
Open Access
No
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