The Samurai: The Feudal System In Medieval Japan

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This was very similar to the feudal system in medieval Europe where the lords protected the vassals in return for their services In medieval Japan the relationship between warriors and clan chiefs was very intense An outcome of this feudal arrangement was a strict code of warrior behavior emerged known as Bushido (way of the warrior) which called upon warrior to sacrifice his life for his master Such an act was thought of as the highest from of honor and respect It was during the twelfth century that these warriors became known as samurai meaning those who serve Although the samurai were mainly soldiers many excelled in the arts and philosophy In these pursuits the samurai normally showed the same type of discipline that characterized their
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