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1 Q.) Discuss the facets of the feudal debate and analyze its applicability in various regions, over different periods of time.
2 Dobb argues against this saying that different stages in feudalism display different trends and that this is indicative of the fact that it was not change resisting and that like any other social system is moved my its own internal contradictions. And these internal contradictions for Dobb are the relations of production between the landlord and the serf and the eventual struggle for freedom by the serf. He says that while class conflict does not directly transform feudalism to capitalism, it does free the individual producer from the landlord. Takahashi who critiques both Dobb and Sweezy discusses the nature of feudalism on the basis of the social existence form of labour power which in the medieval period is serfdom. He criticizes Sweezy’s conception of the change resisting nature of feudal society, saying that compared to the inflexibility of eastern European feudalism, Western European feudalism is relatively fickle. He also questions the source for trade as an external factor causing movement within feudalism. He asks Sweezy where the impetus for trade comes from.

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