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Unformatted text preview: Usually tied to some larger central government but often fiercely independent Larger Central Political institutions: Centralizing monarchies Territorial conglomerations Rural Conditions: life on the Manor o Religious focus of manor life o Sundays and social life o Housing o Diet o Communal life o worklife The lord of the manor o Immense wealth and power o Political authority o Key to wealth and power - control of land o Key to maintenance of structure - Paternalism 16th century belief systems o God centered universe o Rigidly and hierarchically ordered o the great chain of being o Subdivisions of the Chain: o Order versus disorder o Chain versus ladder o Paternalism and deference The Great Chain of Being: ideal versus reality...
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