Feudalism and The Feudal System

Feudalism is the precursor of modern political systems. The feudal system was established in the 9th century and was used mostly in Western and Central Europe. Since there were a lot of political and religious problems in the area at the time, people from the lower straits of society were suffering the consequences of war and famine. That is why the kings began to grant the most important noblemen and bishops with huge extensions of land to administer them in exchange for their loyalty and support. And these nobles would allow poor people to live and work in their lands to make them produce food in order to sell it, and in change for their work, these landlords would guarantee these people protection. That is how the feudal society worked for almost 10 centuries.
As we can see, the feudal system or feudal society is basically composed by 3 main characters: the vassals, which are the poor people who had no material belongings or political power, so that they had to offer their loyalty and their work to a landowner (this could be a member of the nobility, or a high member from the church), which had an alliance with a monarch in exchange for protection and of course some obligations, like providing the king’s army with soldiers in case of a battle, or with goods for the king’s castle and royal entourage.
Feudal society was the previous stage to the social organization form we know today, were the legal figures of private property and salary came into existence. Since everything in the territories was technically property of the kings back then, and people had to do what the king ordered, no matter who they were, feudalism came to an abrupt end with the advent of French Revolution, in 1879, when the absolute monarchs were violently taken away from power by an enraged and oppressed lower class. Thus, the feudal system ceased to exist, and there was a slow but progressive progress from feudalism towards the society with more respect for the individual rights that we enjoy today.
Feudal sociey came to an end long ago, but we can see the big influence it had in our social distribution nowadays. The powerful and rch people have big companies, which have to follow the rules of the countries, and give employment to millions of people who can not afford to have a company of their own. So, technically we live in what could be called “independent feudalism”, since nobody is obligated to work for any company (at least in democratic countries). As you can see, we have a lot to thank to those who helped introduce feudalism, as it was the blueprint of the social and laboral distribution we use today.