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STUDY QUESTIONS FOR WEEK XI 1-What does Patricia Crone mean by the “fragility of the state”?  What were the reasons for this fragility? Is the power of the modern state constrained in the same  way? Why not? 2- Why were self-help groups very common in pre-modern states? 3- What are the  major forms of government encountered in agrarian societies according to Crone? 4- What were the  common characteristics of tributary states? 5- What are the main functional differences between  modern and pre-modern states? 6-What does feudalism mean? 7-What kind of political relations does  it involve? What are its economic bases? Imagine the life of a) a feudal lord b) a king c) a serf. What  do you think their major worries were? 8- Why were serfs tied to land in land in feudal societies? Can  you argue that serfdom totally restricted the freedom of peasantry in these societies? Why? 9- 
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