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Middle Ages all together:

Politics: Feudalism was present in the Middle Ages in both Europe and Japan. In Europe it wasnt effective because the
nobles had more power than the kings and they wouldnt listen to the kings laws. Feudalism in Japan was a disorganized
system of government, as lords fought over land and caused great destruction and brought upon many deaths.
Many civilizations in the Middle Ages also had empirical systems of government. In Africa, the Aksum Empire was at large
from 100 to 940 A.D. It created lasting impacts on Africa and had very important military and trading power in the areas that
are now known as Northern Ethiopia and Eritrea. Japan had an empirical system of government for a while that largely kept
the peace throughout the country. People were mostly satisfied with this system of government, unless the emperor was not
very successful in running the country. In China, the dynasty style of government was successful for the most part because
most of the citizens listened to the emperors in charge and followed the laws set for them. Overall, an empirical system of
government seems to have worked better than a feudalist system in Middle Ages civilizations.
Economy: Trading had a huge impact on the world in the Middle Ages. New trade routes and trade centers allowed for
people to trade more easily throughout many countries and regions. For example, the Silk Road opened a new connection
between the East and the West and trade flourished during the Pax Mongolica. During the silk road, merchants would travel
to Africa to trade for their rare timbers, gold, ivory, animals, and spices. Poverty in Eastern Asia steadily decreased during
that time and money was no longer something that only belonged to the nobility. The rise of trade markets in Japan allowed
for lords to easily transport and sell their goods for profit. Overall, trading systems were very important for the economic
growth of these places and trading affects how the entire world can learn and change.
Culture: Religion played a large role in the culture of various civilizations during the Middle Ages. Religion could determine
traditions, customs, and everyday life in specific areas. Some governments even based their decisions and values on
popular religion(s). Culture could also be influenced by other civilizations, as culture mixes through trade and travel. For
example, Japan was highly influenced by Chinas culture, blending it into their own. Overall, the culture of Middle Ages
civilizations were greatly influenced by religion and outside cultures.
Geography: Geography was an important factor in the development and success of civilizations during the Middle Ages.
Climate and topography determined the success of agriculture in various areas, in turn affecting the economy. Close
proximity to other civilizations allowed for easier trade with others, making it easy to gain access to new goods. Despite this,
being located close to other civilizations could also be detrimental, as it made it easier for other civilizations to attack. Being
isolated by water or other natural barriers provides protection from invasion. For example, Japan was not often attacked
because it was an island separated from other civilizations by a sea. Overall, geography played major role in the
development of civilizations through agriculture, trade, and protection.