He also took it as a paradigm to understand the balance of power between capitalists and wage earners in his time: “In pre-capitalist systems, it was obvious that most people did not control their own destiny – in feudalism, for example, serfs had to work for their masters. Capitalism seems different because people are theoretically free to work for themselves or for others as they wish. But most workers have as little control over their lives as feudal serfs.  Some later Marxist theorists (e.g.B. Eric Wolf) used this label to include non-European societies and group feudalism as “compulsory tribute” with Chinese and pre-Columbian Inca imperial societies. The term “feudal society”, as defined by Marc Bloch, offers a broader definition than Ganshof`s and encompasses, within the feudal structure, not only the warrior aristocracy bound by vassals, but also the peasantry bound by the domain and property of the Church. Thus, the feudal order encompasses society from top to bottom, although the “powerful and well-differentiated social group of the urban classes” occupies, to some extent, an autonomous position outside the classical feudal hierarchy. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, John Horace Round and Frederic William Maitland, both historians of medieval Britain, came to different conclusions about the character of English society before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Round argued that the Normans had brought feudalism to England, while Maitland claimed that its foundations were already in place in Britain before 1066. The debate continues today, but one point of consensus is that before the conquest, England had praise (which embodied some of the personal elements in feudalism), while William the Conqueror introduced into England a modified and harsher feudalism, which included (1086) oaths of allegiance to the king of all those in feudal possession, even the vassals of its main vassals (detention by feudal domination, that the vassals had to provide the required quota of knights).
For example, by the king or a payment of money as a replacement). In the 13th century AD, the increase in trade and the increased use of coins changed the functioning of the feudal system. The money allowed the lords to pay their sovereign instead of rendering military service; The use of mercenaries by the monarch then meant military service, so the barons themselves became less important for the defense of the empire. Conversely, a monarch could now distribute money instead of land in his reward system. .