CURRICULUM VITAE: Alan D.J.Macfarlane, F.B.A.



Born 20 December 1941 in Shillong, India

Nationality British

Address King's College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST, United Kingdom. (e-mail; website:

Education Dragon School, Oxford; Sedbergh School, Yorkshire. Read Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, 1960-3, B.A., M.A. D.Phil. in Modern History at Oxford, 1963-7, on 'Witchcraft prosecutions in Essex, 156O-168O: a sociological analysis'. M.Phil. in Anthropology at the London School of Economics, 1966-8, on 'The regulation of marital and sexual relationships in 17th century England'. Ph.D. in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, on 'Population and resources in central Nepal', 1968-1972.


Nepal: Over thirty months anthropological fieldwork in central Nepal: 1968-1970; December 1986; October-December 1987; December, l988; January-March 1990; March-April 1991; Apr-May 1992; March-Apr 1993; Oct-December 1994, Nov-Dec. 1995; March-April 1996; March-April 1997; March-April 1998; October 1999; December 2000; November 2001; December 2006; April 2008; October 2010

Japan and China: seven visits to Japan, of between three months and three weeks (1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009), travelling, filming and lecturing. Nine visits to China in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 (twice) travelling very widely indeed, filming, lecturing and exploring.

Employment Senior Research Fellow in History, King's College, Cambridge, 1971-4. University Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Cambridge, 1975-1981. Reader in Historical Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 1981-1991. Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge (Personal Chair), 1991-2009; Emeritus Professor 2009 on. Fellow, King's College, Cambridge, 1981-2009; Life Fellow 2009 on.


College: Various College Committees, King's College,Cambridge (Fellowships, Research Managers, Convenor (Director) of Research Centre (twice), Library Planning, Estates (Finance), Library, Gardening, Finance; Director of Studies in Anthropology, 2002-3

Departmental: Secretary of Department of Social Anthropology, 1982-3, Easter 1995, Lent & Summer 1999, Lent and Easter 2006. Acting Head of the Department of Social Anthropology, December 1979 to April 1980, October l988 to September l989; October 1991 to March 1992, July 1991 to March 1992; October 1992 to September 1993. Chair of the Mongolian and Inner Asian Studdies Unit, c.1995-2003.

Faculty: Secretary of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, 1975-7; Member of the Museum Committee of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1991-3, Chair, 2003-5. Chairman of Library Committee, Haddon Library, 1982-1984, 1996-7. Chairman, Williamson Fund Committee, 1988 on. Member of Appointments Committee of Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1985-6 and later. Chairman, Faculty Board of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1984-1986, Easter 1987, Michaelmas 1989. Member of Council of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences 1984-86, Easter 1987, Michaelmas 1991. Chairman of the Degree Committee, 1998-1999. Chair of Part I Committee, 2001-2.

National: Member of the Social Anthropology Committee of the Social Science Research Council, 1978-80, Vice-Chairman of Committee 1980-1. Member of Research Grants Board, Economic and Social Research Council,1988-1989; Member of the Research Resources Advisory Group, Economic and Social Research Council, 1991-5; Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board of the British Library, 1997-2001. Honorary Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2003-2005.

External Examiner: School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1983-1985. University of Wales (Lampeter), 1996/7 - 2000.

Learned societies Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Royal Anthropological Institute (Honorary Vice President 2002-5), Association of Social Anthropologists; Fellow of the British Academy (1986); Fellow of Academia Europaea (199O); International Who's Who (1989 on).

Boards and Trusts Editorial board of Social History, 1976-8; Editorial Board of British Records Society, 1976-8; Board of Social History Society 1977 to 1990; Trustee of Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund, 1980 - 1986; member of Faculty Board of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1975 onwards ; Board of Social and Political Sciences Committee 1975-1980, 2001-4; Board of Management of Audio Visual Aids Unit, 1984-1986; Editorial Board, BBC 'Domesday' Videodisc Project,1985-1987; Trustee of the Tom Harrison Mass Observation Archive, University of Sussex, 1991 - 1998. Member of Commission of Documentary Film of China, 2005; Trustee of the Vanishing Worlds Foundation (2010 onwards).

Research organiser

Director, project on computers and history, King's College, Cambridge, Research Centre, 1973-6.

Co-director, research project on computers and history, Social Science Research Council, 1974-82.

National convener, two year seminar on history and anthropology, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, 1975-7.

Director, project on the records of the Portuguese Inquisition, funded by King's College Research Centre and the Gulbenkian Foundation, 1982 to 1987.

Director of Rivers Video Project, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge, 1983 on (with some funding from the Renaissance Trust).

Adviser to BBC 'Timewatch' series. Contributor to BBC television series (6 part) on British Archives (2000). Principal contributor, with numerous appearances, to six one hour Channel 4 television series programmes on the history and anthropology of the world (broadcast, June, 2000 as 'The Day the World Took Off').

Director of the 'Cambridge Experimental Videodisc Project' on the Nagas of Assam, 1985-1992 (funded by Nuffield, Leverhulme, and Economic & Social Research Council).

Director of project on 'Social and Economic Change in the Central Himalayas', 199O-1993 (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council).

Director of project on modern information technologies and their application, 1990 to present (funded by the Renaissance Trust).

Research Seminar on Asian and European Technologies, funded by Renaissance Trust and King's College Research Centre, 1996-1998. Director of project to put an English village on the Internet, funded by Renaissance Trust and King's College Research Centre, 1996-2000.

Co-director of project on 'Digital Himalaya', funded by Royal Anthropological Institute fund and Renaissance Trust, 2000 on

Co-director of 'Digital Orient' project, 2003 on, with funding from the Renaaissance Trust.

Director of project on the minorities of China, 2003-2009, funded by the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research

Distinguished lectures and honours Frazer Memorial Lecture, University of Liverpool, 1974; Burrows Lecture, University of Essex, 1977; Malinowski Memorial Lecture, London School of Economics, 1978; Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Lecture (British Academy), 1993; Marrett Lecture, Oxford, 1995; Rivers Memorial Medal for Anthropological Fieldwork (1984), Royal Anthropological Institute; William J. Goode medal of the American Sociological Association 1987; first British Council Distinguished Visiting Lecturer to Japan, invited by the University of Hokkaido July 1990; invited by the Japanese Ministry of Education to lecture in Japan, July, 1993; visiting Professor invited by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tokyo, Japan, September-December 1997; Guest lecture, Speaking Hall, Keio University, Japan, April 1999; Golden Jubilee Lecture, Delhi School of Economics, Sept. 199; lecture at National Library, Beijing 2002; Annual Lecture at British Nepal Association 2003; Maruyama Masao visiting lectures at the University of Berkeley at California; Sir Li Ka Sheng distinguished Cambridge visititing scholar with lectures at Yunnan, Chengdu, Shantou and Hong Kong (Chinese) universities; Lecture at British Library to celebrate 150 years of Keio University, Japan, 2009; two lectures at the Keio University 150th anniversary meetings, 2009; first annual Wang Guowei lectures at Tsinghua University, 2011; Huxley Memorial Medal and Lecture (forthcoming, 2012).

Museum related Involved in planning and mounting the special 'Naga' exhibition, Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Andrews Gallery, 1990-2.

Lectures, seminar papers Lectures in the History Faculty and Archaeology and Anthropology Faculty in Cambridge. In the latter, lectures at Part I, Prelim and Part II levels in the fields of: introductions to social anthropology, kinship and marriage, politics, law, economics, demography, visual anthropology, history of technology, research methods etc. Lectures at seminars and conferences at many British Universities, Scandinavia, Portugal, the States, Japan, India, China etc.

Undergraduate teaching Taught approximately two hundred and twenty undergraduates by personal supervision in almost all the fields of social anthropology (and examined in almost all of the fields of anthropology). Supervision in English social history of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Graduate teaching Supervised some sixty taught M.Phil (previously Certificate) students and approximately fifty Ph.D. students. Of the latter, five are currently in progress, the rest have all completed their courses and received a degree (two received a B.Litt rather than a Ph.D.).

Reviewing Reviewed for a wide range of journals, historical and anthropological and some national papers (including T.L.S., T.H.E.S. and London Review of Books).


(Monographs are in upper case. A paperback edition of a book that first appeared in hardback, is indicated by PB. Foreign languages into which the book has been translated are indicated. Shorter reviews of under one thousand words have not been included.)


(1) 'Population Crisis: Anthropology's Failure', New Society, 10 October, 1968.


(1) 'Witchcraft', in History of the English Speaking Peoples (Purnell Press), 197O



(4) 'Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England', in Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations, ed. M. Douglas (A.S.A. Publications)


(1) 'Imaginative Leaps', Times Educational Supplement, January, 1973.

(2) Review of Marc Bloch, The Royal Touch. 1973, Times Educational Supplement.


(1) 'Kirkby Lonsdale and the study of pre-industrial communities', Lancaster University Bulletin of the Regional Studies Centre.

(2) Review of H.C. Midelfort, 'Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany'. Journal of Social History

(3) Review of Mervyn James, 'Family, Lineage & Civil Society', Times Literary Supplement


(1) Review of Norman Cohn 'Europe's Inner Demons'. Times Educational Supplement

(2) Review of Margaret Spufford, Contrasting Communities. Times Educational Supplement



(2) THE DIARY OF RALPH JOSSELIN, Edited for the British Academy (Oxford Univ. Press). (PB, 1991).

(3) Review of Leslie Clarkson, 'Death, Disease and Famine'. Literature and History.


(1) RECONSTRUCTING HISTORICAL COMMUNITIES with Charles Jardine and Sarah Harrison. (Cambridge Univ. Press).

(2) 'History, anthropology and the study of communities', Social History, 5.

(3) 'Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart Essex', in Crime in England 1550-1800, ed. J.S. Cockburn (Methuen).

(4) 'Historical Anthropology', in Cambridge Anthropology no.3.

(5) 'A Tudor anthropologist: George Gifford's Discourse and Dialogue' in The Damned Art: Essays in the Literature of Witchcraft, ed. S. Anglo (Routledge)

(6) Review of Elizabeth Bourcier, 'The Diary of Sir Simonds d'Ewes'. Etudes Anglaises


(1) 'The Peasantry in England before the industrial revolution. A mythical model?, in Social Organization and Settlement, ed. D. Green et. al. (B.A.R.)

(2) 'Some psychological consequences of English individualism, 1400-1700', Society for the Social History of Medicine, Bulletin 22.

(3) 'Modes of Reproduction', Journal of Development Studies, 14 no.4 (reprinted in G. Hawthorn (ed.),Population and Development (Cass)

(4) 'The Origins of English Individualism: Some Surprises' Theory and Society. Vol.6, no.2.

(5) THE ORIGINS OF ENGLISH INDIVIDUALISM: THE FAMILY, PROPERTY AND SOCIAL TRANSITION (Blackwells and Cambridge Univ. Press) (PB,1978). Portuguese, Japanese.


(1) 'Social anthropology and Population', RAIN, February

(2) 'Reconstructing Historical Communities by Computer', Current Anthropology, December (with others).

(3) 'Lawrence Stone's "The Family, Sex and Marriage in England"', History and Theory, January.

(4) 'Computer input of historical records for multi-source record linkage',Proceedings of the Seventh International Economic History Conference (with C.Jardine).

(5) Review of Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum (Eds), The Salem Witchcraft Papers.

(6) Review of Charles Phythian-Adams, Desolation of a City'. Urban History Yearbook

(7) Review of G.R.Quaife, 'Wanton Wenches and Wayward Wives'. Journal of Social History


(1) 'Early English Assize Records' (Review Essay), American Journal of Legal History, vol.XXIV

(2) 'Illegitimacy and illegitimates in English history', in Bastardy and its Comparative History, ed. P.Laslett and others (Arnold).

(3) 'The informal social control of marriage in seventeenth century England' in Loving, Parenting and Dying: The Family Circle in England and America, ed. V.C.Fox and M.H. Quitt.

(4) The Records of an English Village: Church Records ed. A. Macfarlane and others. (Chadwyck-Healey microfiche)

(5) Review of Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, 'Carnival in Romans'. Journal of Modern History, vol.52, no.3.

(6) Review of Jean Cuisenier (Ed), Europe as a Cultural Area, Cambridge Anthropology



(2) The Records of an English Village: State Records ed. Alan Macfarlane and others.(Chadwyck-Healey Microfiche)

(3) The Records of an English Village: Estate Records ed. A. Macfarlane and others. (Chadwyck-Healey Microfiche)

(4) 'Demographic structures and cultural regions in Europe' Cambridge Anthropology.

(5) 'Death, Disease and Curing in a Himalayan Village', in Asian Societies in Anthropological Perspective, ed. C. von Furer-Haimendorf (Delhi, 1981).

(6) 'Death and the Demographic Transition: a note on English evidence on death 1500-1750' in S.C. Humphreys and Helen King (eds.), Mortality and Immortality: the anthropology and archaeology of death (Academic Press)

(7) 'Notes on general theory and particular cases', Groniek: gronings historisch fijdschrift, No.76.

(8) Review of Keith Thomas, 'Religion and the Decline of Magic'. History Today


(1) 'Inquisition and Anthropology', Temenos, Studies in Comparative Religion, vol.18.


(1) 'The Actual and Potential Role of Microforms in British Historical Research' in Microform Review vol.12, no.2. Spring 1983

(2) 'Death in Cumbria': review article of Keith Thomas, 'Man and the Natural World' in London Review of Books, vol.5, no.9, May.


(4) 'Social Drinking' review article of P.Clark, 'The English Alehouse', Times Higher Educ. Supp. Nov.

(5) 'Difficult Women', review of John Demos 'Entertaining Satan', Times Literary Supplement.,13 May


(1) Editor and introduction to C. Larner, Witchcraft and Religion (Blackwell)

(2) 'A Individualidade dos Ingleses', Ler Historia, no.3.

(3) 'The myth of peasantry; family and economy in a northern parish' in Land, Kinship and Life-Cycle (ed.) Richard Smith


(1) 'The Root of All Evil' in The Anthropology of Evil, ed. David Parkin (Blackwell)

(2) 'The poor, the poor', review of two eighteenth century English diaries (Holland and Turner), Spectator, 2.3.85


(1) MARRIAGE AND LOVE IN ENGLAND; MODES OF REPRODUCTION 1300-184O (Blackwell) (PB,1986) Portuguese

(2) 'Crime and the Courts in England 166O-1800'; review article in London Review of Books, vol.8, no.13.

(3) 'British Customs and Traditions in the 1980s', overview essay for the B.B.C. Domesday Disc.

(4) 'Socio-economic revolution in England and the origin of the modern world' in Revolution in History, eds. Roy Porter and M.Teich (Cambridge, 1986).

(5) Review of J.M. Beattie, Crime and the Courts in England 1660-1800. London Review of Books.

(6) Review of Joseph Lynch, 'Godparents and Kinship'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History


(1) 'The Cambridge Experimental Videodisc Project' in Bulletin of Information in Computing and Anthropology (February).

(2) THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM (Blackwell) (PB,1987) Portuguese

(3) 'Love and Capitalism', Cambridge Anthropology


(1) 'The Cradle of Capitalism' in Jean Baechler et al., eds), Europe and the Rise of Capitalism(Blackwell)

2) 'The Naga Videodisc' (Cambridge Interactive, 1988): (ten thousand visual images, a thousand moving sequences of film and sound, on an optical disc).

(3) 'Mating patterns - an historical perspective' in Human Mating Patterns, eds. C. G. N. Mascie-Taylor and A.J. Boyce (Cambridge)

(4) 'Anthropology and History' in The Blackwell Dictionary of Historians ed.John Cannon et. al. (Blackwell)

(5) 'The Inquisition in Early Modern Europe'; (review essay) in Temenos, vol. 24

(6) 'The Naga Videodisc Manual', Cambridge Interactive.


(1) 'Some background notes on Gurung identity in a period of rapid change', Kailash, A Journal of Himalayan Studies, xv, no. 3-4.


(3) 'The Principles Used in Selecting, Editing and Transferring Materials for an Archival Videodisc', Journal of Educational Television, vol.15, no.3.

(4) 'The Naga Text Database', Cambridge Multimedia. (Five thousand pages of transcribed and edited documents, published on computer disc). With Sarah Harrison and J.Jacobs.


(1) 'Fatalism and Development in Nepal', London Review Books, May

(2) 'The Cambridge Experimental Videodisc Project', Anthropology Today, vol.6, no.1.

(3) THE NAGAS, HILL PEOPLES OF NORTH EAST INDIA: SOCIETY AND THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER (Thames and Hudson) with J.Jacobs, S.Harrison & A.Herle. (PB,1990) German.

(4) 'Fatalism and Development in Nepal', Cambridge Anthropology, vol.14, no.1, 1990.

(5) 'BBC Domesday: The social construction of Britain on Videodisc,, Society for Visual Anthropology Review, vol.6, no.2.

(6) GUIDE TO THE GURUNGS with Indrabahadur Gurung (Ratna Pustak Bhandar, Kathmandu)


(1) 'The Potentials of Videodisc in Visual Anthropology; Some Examples', Commission for Visual Anthropology Review.

(2) THE CAMBRIDGE DATABASE SYSTEM (INTERACTIVE) USER MANUAL with Martin Porter and Michael Bryant. (Rivers Video Project), 163 pp.

(3) 'F.W.Maitland' in Great Historians of the Modern Age,(ed.), L.Boia (Greenwood Press, New York, 1991).

(4) 'Peter Laslett' in 'A Thousand Makers of the Twentieth Century', Sunday Times, 12.10.1991.

(5) 'Interview with Alan Macfarlane', by Vinay K. Srivastava in Indian Anthropologist, vol.21, no.1, June 1991.

(6) 'Some contributions of Sir Henry Maine to history and anthropology' in The Victorian Achievement of Sir Henry Maine, ed. Alan Diamond (Cambridge U.P. 1991)

(7) 'The Cambridge Experimental Videodisc', European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, no.2 (1991)


(1) 'Ernest Gellner and the Escape to Modernity', in Power, Wealth and Belief: Essays in Honour of Ernest Gellner, (eds.) J.A. Hall & I.C. Jarvie (Cambridge)

(2) 'The Potentials of Videodisc in Visual Anthropology: Some Examples', in P.Crawford and D.Turton (eds.), Film as Ethnography (Manchester Univ. Press)

(3) CAMBRIDGE DATABASE SYSTEM INTERACTIVE (CDSi) MANUAL Trial Version 1.61. In collaboration with Sarah Green and Michael Bryant. (Rivers Video Project). 160 pp.

(4) CAMBRIDGE DATABASE SYSTEM INTERACTIVE (CDSi): Advanced probabilistic database retrieval system software package: trial version 1.61

(5) FILMS ON THE GURUNGS OF NEPAL: 21 films on various themes, including agriculture, dancing, crafts, averaging 25 minutes each.

(6) Review of Claus-Dieter Brauns and L.G. Loffler, Lorenz G., 'Mru - Hill People on the Border of Bangladesh.', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, Vol.26.


(1) 'Ralph Josselin', in Dictionary of National Biography, ed. C.S.Nicholls (Oxford)

(2) 'Louis Dumont and the Origins of Individualism', Cambridge Anthropology, vol 16, no.1.

(3) 'Japan and the West', (Review article), Historical Journal, 36,2.

(4) Japanese edition of THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM, with a new preface.

(5a) Turkish edition of THE CULTURE OF CAPITALISM with a new preface.

(5b) Turkish edition of THE ORIGINS OF ENGLISH INDIVIDUALISM with a new preface.

(6) Bernard Pignede, THE GURUNGS: A HIMALAYAN POPULATION OF NEPAL (Kathmandu), xliv + 523pp ; translated, edited and annotated, with Sarah Harrison.

(7)'On Individualism', Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Lecture, British Academy Proceedings, vol.82., re-published as a separate pamphlet by the Centre for Study of Cultural Values, Lancaster University,1994, 42pp.

(8) 'Fatalism and Development in Nepal' in Nepal in the Nineties' (Delhi), ed. Michael Hutt.

(9) FILMS ON THE GURUNGS OF NEPAL: 8 films on various themes, including economics, ritual, biography, averaging 12 minutes each.


(1) 'History and Anthropology' (review essay of Aaron Gurevich,'Historical Anthropology' ), Rural History, 5 no.1.

(2) 'BBC Domesday: The Social Construction of Britain on Videodisc' in Vizualizing Theory, ed. Lucien Taylor.

(3) 'The Origins of Capitalism in Japan, China and the West: The Work of Norman Jacobs.', Cambridge Anthropology, Vol. 17, no.3 (1994), pp.43-66.


(1) 'Individualism' in The Social Science Encyclopedia (2nd edn., Routledge).

(2) 'Law and custom in Japan: some comparative reflections', Continuity and Change 10(3) (1995), pp.369-390.

(3) 'Work and Culture: Some Comparisons of England and Japan', in Wellsprings of Achievement: Cultural and Economic Dynamics in Early Modern England and Japan, ed. P.Gouk (Variorum, 1995).


(1) Obituary article on Ernest Gellner, King's College Annual Report. (2,000 words)

(2) Preface to Carles Salazar, A Sentimental Economy (Berghan Books, 1996) (1500 words)

(3) Review of Ernest Gellner, Conditions of Liberty and Conversations in the Sacred Grove, c.3,000 words. Appeared in 'Reviews in History', April 1996.


(4) Obituary of Professor Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf (1909-1995), c.1500 words, with Mark Turin, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol.lix, part3, 1996. pp.548-551.

(5) Obituary of Ernest Gellner, (c.2,000 words), for King's College Annual Report, October 1996.

(6) Obituary of Ernest Gellner, (c.3,000 words), for Cambridge Review, vol. 117, no. 2328, Nov. 1996.

(7) 'Ernest Gellner and the Escape to Modernity' in John A.Hall and Ian Jarvie, The Social Philosophy of Ernest Gellner (Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, 48, (1996).(reprint)

(8) 'Fieldwork in the Himalayas', 150 minute video film.

(9) 'Dilmaya's Pwe Lava: A Gurung Memorial Ritual', 160 minute video film.

(10) Review of Lionel Caplan, 'Warrior Gentlemen'. Bulletin of School of Oriental and African Studies


(1) 'Identity and Change among the Gurungs (Tamu-mai) of Central Nepal' in ed. David Gellner et al. Nationalism and Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom (Harwood, 1997).


(3) 'Interview with Alan Macfarlane', European Studies Newsletter: Nov. 1997. No.21.

(4) 'Gurung Buildings' in ed. Paul Oliver, Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Cambridge University Press, 1997

(5) '"Japan" in an English Mirror, Modern Asian Studies, 31, 4 (1997), pp.763-806.


(1)'Fukuzawa and the Riddle of the World' in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies (Tokyo, 1998).

(2) 'The Meaning of the Comparative Method', (in Japanese, trans. Prof. Toshiko Nakamura), The Journal of Hokkai-Gakuen University, no.94-5, March 1998.

(3) 'The mystery of property: inheritance and industrialization in England and Japan' in C.M.Hann (ed.), Property relations: Renewing the anthropological tradition (Cambridge U.P. 1998), 104-123.

(4) 'Capitalist Society and Capitalism' in Tetsuji Yamamoto

(ed), Philosophical Designs for a Socio-Cultural Transformation:

Beyond violence and the modern era (Ecole des Hautes Etudes,

Paris, 1998)

(5) Review of Susan Hanley, 'Everyday things in Premodern Japan'. Journal of Economic History.


(1) Review of S.N.Eisenstadt, 'Japanese Civilization' in

Cambridge Anthropology, 1999.

(2) 'Four systems of Stratification' in Ramachandra Guha and

J. Parry (eds), Institutions and Inequalities in South Asia:

Essays Presented to Andre Beteille, (Oxford U.P., Delhi, 1999)

(3) Second Edition of Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England; A

regional and comparative study, (Routledge, London, 1999)


(1) Japanese edition of MARRIAGE AND LOVE IN ENGLAND, with new preface (2) THE RIDDLE OF THE MODERN WORLD; OF LIBERTY, WEALTH AND EQUALITY (a book on Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville and Gellner - some 116,000 words. Currently in press with Macmillan. c. June 2000

(3) 'Civility and the Decline of Magic' in P.Slack, P.Burke and B.Harrison (eds.), Civil Histories: Essays in Honour of Sir Keith Thomas (OUP., c.May 2000)

(4) 'Technological Evolution and Involution; A Preliminary Comparison of Europe and Japan', (with S.Harrison) in John Ziman (ed.), Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process (CUP., Feb. 2000)

(5) Review of Eric Wolf, Envisioning Power (1000 words), for Journal of latin American Studies. - submitted March 2000

(6) 'The Earls Colne Project: A Personal Account', History 2000 Website. BBC. March 2000. (c. 1000 words)

(7) 'Don's Diary' in Times Higher Education Supplement, 7.7.2000

(8) Major participant in six-part television series on the origins of the Industrial Revolution, 'The Day the World Took Off', Channel 4, May-June 2001

(9) Radio interviews during May 2000: Local and regional radio stations as follows: Shropshire, Cambridge, Greater Manchester, Wales, Leicester, Merseyside, Andy Peebles Late Show, on the origins of the Industrial Revolution.

(10) Radio interview on 18.10.2000 with Radio Merseyside on 'English Identity'.


(1) Japanese edition of THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE: ENGLAND, JAPAN AND THE MALTHUSIAN TRAP (Shinyosha, Tokyo, 2001), with a new preface.

(2) 'The Day the World Took Off'; Reflections on the Experience of Working on a Television Series', Cambridge Anthropology, 22:1,2000/2001, pp.67-77

(3) 'David Hume and the political economy of agrarian civilization', History of European Ideas 27 (2001). Pp. 79-91



With Gerry Martin, THE GLASS BATHYSCAPHE; HOW GLASS CHANGED THE WORLD (Profile Books, London, 2002).

'A Transparent revolution', Times Higher, 21 June 2002

'Sliding Down the Himalayas; Social Change in a Gurung Village', European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (July 2002).

Various radio interviews to launch the book on Glass, including with Jeremy Paxman in 'Start the Week'.


With Iris Macfarlane, GREEN GOLD; THE EMPIRE OF TEA (Ebury Press, 2003)

Second edition of RESOURCES AND POPULATION; A STUDY OF THE GURUNGS OF NEPAL, with a new introduction, (Ratna Pustak, Kathmandu, 2002)

Paperback edition of THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE,; ENGLAND, JAPAN AND THE MALTHUSIAN TRAP, with a new epilogue (Palgrave, 2003)

Preface to Aglaja Stirn and Peter van Ham,The Hidden World of the Naga (Prestel, 2003)

Various radio interviews in connection with publication of 'Tea' and 'Glass' paperback

Translation of Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin, THE GLASS BATHYSCAPHE into Chinese, with a new prace, published by Commercial Press. Also paperback edition, June, 2003.

'Alfred Antony Francis Gell, 1945-1997'. Proceedings of the British Academy, 120, pp.127-147 (2003)


Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin, THE GLASS BATHYSCAPHE (2002), translated and published in Italian [Una storia invisible, Editori Laterza, 2003] and German [Eine Welt aus Glas, Claussenn, 2004].

Alan Macfarlane and Iris Macfarlane, GREEN GOLD; THE EMPIRE OF TEA (American edition, 2004 as The Empire of Tea, The Remarkable History of the Plant that Took Over the World, Overlook Press, N.Y), published in a Chinese translation with a new preface by Shantou University Press, 2004, published in paperback in 2004.

'A World of Glass' (with Gerry Martin), Science, vol.305, 3 September 2004, pp.1407-8.

'China Diaries', (with Xiaoxiao Yan), Cambridge Anthropology, 24:2, 2004, pp. 75-90

'To contrast and compare' in Methodology and Fieldwork, (ed.) Vinay Kumar Srivastava (Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2004), pp.94-111

'Work in Nepalese Anthropology', in Nepal Studies in the UK, Conversations with Practitioners, (ed.) Pratyoush Onta (Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, 2004), pp. 11-21

'Population Structure and Social Structure in Modern China, Japan, England and India: Reflections on the great divergence', translated into Chinese by Qingsue Li, in James Lee (ed), A New View of Research on Family History (Beijing, 2004), pp.460-472


What makes Law Effective?, (1500 words), Times Higher Education Supplement, April 2005

Un mondo di vetro, Kos: Rivista di medicina, cultura e scienze umane, no.232/233, Jan-Feb 2005, pp.18-23

LETTERS TO LILY: ON HOW THE WORLD WORKS (Profile Books, London, 2005), 311pp.

Oro Verde: El Imperio del te (Oceano, 2005), [Spanish translation of Green Gold, The Empire of Tea]

Letters to Lily: On How the World Works (Korean translation, Random House 2005), 350 pp.

Green Gold; the Empire of Tea (2005) [Complex Chinese translation of Green Gold, published in Taiwan]
Preface to Jamie Saul, The Naga of Burma, Their festivals, Customs and Way of Life (Thailand, 2005)
Preface to David Prendergast, From Elder to Ancestor: Old Age, Death and Inheritance in Modern Korea (Hawaii, 2005)


Special preface and translated edition of Chinese mainland version of Letters to Lily: On How the World Works (Commercial Press, Beijing, 2006)

Collaborator and major contributor to Howard and Christopher Dawes, Making things from New Ideas; the secrets of prosperity (Dawes Trust, Pershore, Worcestershire, 2006)

Comments on John Ziman's, No Man is an Island, special issue of Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol.13, no.5 (2006), 43-52.

Web Anthropology; Some Potentials for Visual and Computer Anthropology in Visual Anthropology, vol. 19 (2006), 1-3

Letters to Lily; on How the World Works (translated and published in Japan, Norway, Denmark and Taiwan)


Alan Macfarlane, Japan Through the Looking Glass (Profile, 2007)

‘The Malthusian Trap’, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edn., Macmillan.

Two Lectures by Alan Macfarlane; the Maruyama Lecture and Seminar, 2005 (Berkeley, 2007)

Letters to Lily – translations into Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Estonian

The Glass Bathyscaphe – translation into Chinese (Taiwan)

Green Gold: The Empire of Tea -translation into Chinese, Japanese


Preface to Peter Rivière (d.), A History of Oxford Anthropology (Berg, 2008)

Preface to Peter van Ham and Jamie Saul, Expedition Naga; Diaries from the Hills in Northeast India 1921-1937, 2002-6 (ACC editions, 2008)

‘The digitization of Naga collections in the West and the “return of Culture”’ in Naga Identities, eds. Michael Oppitz et al, (Snoeck Publishers, Gent, 2008), with Mark Turin

Japan Through the Looking Glass (paperback edn, 2008)

Japan Through the Looking Glass - Finnish translation

The Origins of English Individualism – Chinese translation

Letters to Lily; On how the World Works - Slovenian translation

‘Anthropological and other ‘ancestors’”, translated for Chinese Review of Anthropology, vol. 10, 2009

‘An Introduction to Professor Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf’s Naga Photographs’ in Naga: a Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered, eds. Richard Kunz and Vibha Joshi (Verlag, Germany, 2008)

Alan Macfarlane, A Guide to English Historical Records (Cambridge, 1983), first paperback edition.

2009 (to September)

Alan Macfarlane, Reflections on Cambridge (Social Science Press, 2009)

Contribution to Christopher Evans et al., Grounding knowledge/walking land: Archaeological research and ethno-historical identity in central Nepal (McDonald Institute, Cambridge, 2009)

Japan Through the Looking Glass – French translation as Enigmatique Japon

Letters to Lily; On How the World Works – translation into Hungarian

2010 onwards (BOOKS ONLY)

Origins of English Individualism - translated into Chinese (2011)

Invention of the Modern World - (Chinese version) 2012

Dragon Days - with Jamie Bruce Lockhart (2012)

Dorset Days - (2012)


(This is updated until 2003 only as many of these materials are now on this website,

Reconstructing Historical Communities with a computer

Associates in project: Sarah Harrison, Charles Jardine, Jessica King, Dr Timothy King, Cherry Bryant, Iris Macfarlane, Dr Tim Mills

Funding: King's College Research Centre (1972-5), Economic and Social Research Council (three project grants, 1975-1982); King's College Research Centre (1997-2000)

Dates of project: 1973-1982;1997-2002

Nature of material: complete historical records of the parish of Earls Colne in Essex, 1380-1750, with many other records to 1854; most of the historical records for the parish of Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1500-1750 also transcribed, and then deposited at Lancaster University. The Earls Colne materials constitute about ten thousand pages of typed materials, and the Kirkby Lonsdale materials about half that amount.

Publishing medium: microfiche (Charles Chadwyck Healey) for Earls Colne (1982); World Wide Web version, 2000. (see

Original transcripts deposited: Earls Colne in the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge; Kirkby Lonsdale in the Library, University of Lancaster.

Covering dates of material: 1380-1854

Original languages of material: Latin, English

Related software: CODD (Co-routine Driven Database), CHIPS (Cambridge Heuristic Interactive Program Set), a relational database with accompanying interrogatory software; database system written by Dr Tim Mills.

Indexes and computer readable materials: large set of materials

(approximately 120 megabytes plus) of machine readable texts and indexes.

Sources of materials: documents in local record offices and the Public Record Office, London

Research Reports: annual and final reports to the E.S.R.C. (the final report is deposited in the British Lending Library), on first projects up to 1982. (see on this website)

Cambridge Experimental Videodisc Project (the Nagas)

Associates in project: Michael Bryant, Sarah Harrison, Anita Herle, Julian Jacobs, Dr Martin Porter

Funding: King's College Research Centre, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Renaissance Trust.

Dates of project: 1985 to 1993, 2002-4

Nature of material: (a) 6500 black and white field photographs; 1350 colour photographs of museum objects; 150 sequences of moving film; maps, sketches, painting and 72 minutes of sound. (b) about 5000 pages of text, including much unpublished historical material (field notes, tour diaries, letters, thesis), as well as some published materials. All of this concerns the Naga peoples of the North-Eastern frontier of India and Burma.

Publishing medium: videodisc (optical disc) contains (a) above; the data and indexes to the data are contained in a database which is distributed on floppy disc (some 24 megabytes in size). There is also a book (listed under publications for 1990). Currently being converted for the web.

Original transcripts deposited: Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge.

Covering dates of material: 1850-1980

Original languages of material: English, German

Related software: the Cambridge Database System (CDS) a probabilistic information retrieval system based on the MUSCAT (Museum Cataloguing system), written by Dr.Martin Porter. Also 'Videoscript', a program to provide 'authoring' facilities on a videodisc player in combination with an Amiga microcomputer. A new system is being written in 2003 (Bamboo)

Indexes and computer readable materials: as described above.

Sources of materials: private collections, Pitt-Rivers Museum and Archive, Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Mankind and other archives.

Research Reports: annual reports, 1985-1989 to Nuffield Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council (final report to ESRC deposited in the British Lending Library).

Social Change in Central Nepal

Associates in project: Sarah Harrison, Michael Bryant, Gill Macfarlane

Funding: London-Cornell Project, Economic and Social Research Council, Renaissance Trust.

Dates of project: 1968 to present

Nature of material: mainly fieldwork materials collected among the Gurungs of central Nepal - notes, diary, 2000 field photographs, approx. C.100 hours of moving film (to 2003), census etc. Also the manuscripts and photographs of Bernard Pignede (deceased) among the Gurungs and the manuscripts of tours in Nepal by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf.

Publishing medium: a series of films (36 to 1991; approx. 80 by 2000, averaging some 20 minutes each in length) for use in teaching and research; some articles and a book (and other works in preparation), database of material on computer hard-disc. Some films are now on and others on

Original transcripts deposited: Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge.Film material currently being archived as part of the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library project at the University of Virginia.

Covering dates of material: 1958 to present

Original languages of material: Gurung, English, French, Nepali

Related software: Cambridge Database System.

Indexes and computer readable materials: in preparation for the web

Sources of materials: private collections, India Office Library, Centre d'Etudes Indiennes, Paris, and elsewhere

Research Reports: Report to London-Cornell Project; Report to Economic and Social Research Council.


Introduction to kinship and marriage; ten films of twenty minutes each, based on Part I lectures, covering topics such as descent, marriage, sexual relations etc. Copy deposited (and used) in the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge. Also on

Parson Malthus: twenty minute film made with undergraduates, copy deposited in Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge

Lectures on law and justice in England, the full versions behind a BBC documentary on English archives, now on

Introduction to social anthropology: four films (each about fifty minutes in length), used as an introduction to the discipline; copy in the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge

Three films on fieldwork methods, drawing on my Nepal experience, are now on the web.

Films of a course of eight lectures on great social thinkers, from Montesquieu to Gellner, currently being prepared for the web.

Biographical/archival films

Archival films, lasting between one and four hours each, covering the life and work of the following: (interviewer in brackets, if not A.M.): Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Jack Goody (Eric Hobsbawm), Andre Beteille, John Barnes (Jack Goody), Jean La Fontaine (Jack Goody), Owen Lattimore (Caroline Humphrey), Peter Worsley, Robert Paine, Colonel John Cross, G.I.Jones, Lucy Mair (Jean La Fontaine), Ursula Graham Bower, Peter Riviere (Laura Rival), Nich Allen, Michael Banton, Peter Loizos, Ronald Dore, Peter Gathercole, Clifford Geertz, Nur Yalman, Scarlett Epstein, Akbar Ahmed, George Appell, Peter Burketand several Chinese survivors of the cultural revolution.

Archival films, lasting less than one hour: Ronald Frankenberg, S.J.Tambiah, Raymond Firth, Rosemary Firth, Philip Gulliver, Philip Mayer and others.

Most of these are available off my web-site.

Films based on anthropological fieldwork in Nepal

Some 80 or so films, from 9 minutes to 156 minutes in length, on all aspect of Gurung life. These films are used in teaching and research. Currently being prepared for the web.


Television film for 'Timewatch' series based on book 'The Justice and the Mare's Ale', c. 1988. On

Appearance, with Sarah Harrison, in all of the six films in a BBC millenium series on British Archives, 2000

Chief contributor to a six, one-hour per program, television series on 'The Day the World Took Off', which was the the C4 special 'millenium' feature in April 2000. This has involved filming extensively in Japan (10 days), Nepal (10 days), Venice, Istanbul, Scotland and various locations in England. It covers many aspects of history, in various parts of the globe, over the last ten thousand years. All the final programmes, the six seminars behind them, and 200 films on location, are on my website.


My work is diverse. It impinges on at least seven major theoretical disciplines (history, legal history, historical demography, anthropology, sociology, computing, visual media). It stretches over three main cultural areas (western Europe, Himalayas (Nepal and Assam), East Asia (Japan, China). The publications arising from this work takes five major forms (books and articles, software and manuals, video and television films, videodisc, microfiche). I have therefore provided a guide to work on which I have been and am still engaged under various headings. This summary refers by date and number to the full title of the relevant publications cited in the list of publications in annex B above.

SUBSTANTIVE THEORETICAL QUESTIONS [to 2000)' This section has formed the basis for this web-site. The sections of the web-site continue the story in relation to publications from 2001, so please see under the separate headings after that date]

The history of witchcraft, magic and the inquisition.

This consists of a study of the sociology and philosophy of witchcraft beliefs and their treatment in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries in Europe.

Publications: Oxford D.Phil. thesis, 'Witchcraft in England';197O:1;197O:2;197O:4;1977:3;1977:5;1982:1;1983:5; 1984:1;1985:1;1988:;5;1999:3; 2000:3.

Other: helped to set up an information retrieval system for the records of the Portuguese Inquisition, funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation and King's College, Cambridge; took part in TV programme on witchcraft in East Anglia (1982); studied witchcraft and shamanism in a Himalayan village (Thak), see films and writings on Nepal, including appendix to translation of Pignede.

History of the family, love and marriage.

I have been undertaking various studies of the development of the western, and particularly the English, system of kinship and marriage from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries, and latterly comparing these to systems in Nepal and Japan (see under those places also).

Publications: M.Phil. thesis on incest (1968); 1979:3;198O:2; 198O:3;1986:1;1987:3;1988:3;1993:7;2000:1.

Other: extensive unpublished writings on the history of the family, and sexual behaviour; series of 10 twenty-minute teaching videos on kinship and marriage, large numbers of lectures given to undergraduates on various themes in this field.

History of violence, war and law.

The social roots and consequences of violent behaviour, particularly in England between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The working of the English and Japanese legal systems over the centuries from the fifteenth to the nineteenth.

Publications: 198O:1;1981:1;1986:2;1995:2.

Other: BBC 'Timewatch' television program, based on 1981:1 (1985).unpublished articles on violence, crime in Essex, lectures on law and society, lectures on mafia/feud/bandits and war. Major contributor to BBC millenium series on English law and archives, April 2000.

History of population and resources.

Various studies of the nature and causes of the demographic revolution, the contribution of T.R.Malthus, and the relation between population and resources, particularly in historic England and Japan and contemporary Nepal.

Published: Ph.D. thesis on population in Nepal,1968:1;1976:1; 1978:3;1979:1;1981:4;1981:6;1997:2

Other: lectures on population, work on demographic change in contemporary Nepal, video film (with students) on T.R.Malthus.

History of capitalism, industrialism and individualism.

The origins, causes and consequences of individualism and capitalism, from the ninth to nineteenth centuries, with particular reference to England and Japan.

Publications: 1978:1;1978:2;1978:4;1978:5;1984:2;1984:3; 1987:2;1988:1; 1992:1; 1993:7; 1995:1; 1996:2; 1998:3,4;

Other: unpublished lectures on community and society, lecture on 'the contradictions of capitalism', writings on Anglo-Saxon origins; unpublished lectures on the comparison of Japanese and English society and the origins of capitalism and individualism; preliminary draft of parts of a book comparing Japanese and English society over the last thousand years.

History of technological and scientific change.

The causes and consequences of changes in technology ('effective action') and in science ('reliable knowledge') over the last ten thousand or so years. The causes and consequences of changes in the technology of production, communication and destruction.

Publications: 1997,2; 2000,4;

Other: Several book-length typescripts on various aspects of technological and scientific developments. One mainly concerns technology, another science, a third glass and its impact. Also a good deal in the C4 television series on 'Riddle of the World' and large numbers of notes and readings during project with Gerry Martin.

Other areas of substantive research.

Lectures on the growth of the city and urban life; visual anthropology; state systems; inequality; community; kinship and marriage in history and other topics.


Anthropology and social history of Nepal and the Gurungs.

An intensive study of the Gurung tribe of central Nepal, based on two and a half years of anthropological fieldwork in the local language, during twelve visits between 1968 and 2000, with a particular emphasis on their demographic, economic and ritual systems and the effects of recent change, and on creating a visual and textual archive of a village as it changes.

Published: Ph.D. thesis on Gurungs (1972); 1976:1; 1981:5; 1989:1; 199O; 1,4,5,6; 1993,6,8; 1997:4;

Other: Various unpublished articles and talks; approx. eighty films (varying from 10 to 150 minutes in length) on various themes, used in teaching, research training and research.

The ethno-history of the Nagas of the North East India.

An ethno-historical analysis of the various Naga tribes, from their first encounter with the British in 1830 up to 1947, based on contemporary textual and visual archives.

Publications: 1988:2,1988:6,1989:4;1990:3

Other: contributor to special exhibition on the Nagas in the Andrews Gallery of the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (July 1990 - April 1992), and in particular to special videodisc system and programs in a reconstructed Naga long-house; interview with Ursula Graham Bower (video) and contributor to B.B.C. program on 'Naga Queen'. We visited Nagaland for ten days in November 2001.

The ethnographic materials of Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf.

For some years I have been organizing, indexing and cataloguing the large collection of films, photographs, field notebooks and field diaries of a leading ethnographer of India and Nepal.

Publications: 1988:2 (includes 2500 photographs and one hundred extracts of moving film by Professor Haimendorf); 1989:4 (includes translations of four volumes of German diaries and 15 field notebooks); 1990:3 (which includes over 200 archival photographs by Professor Haimendorf); 1996:4

Other: Collection of approx. 100 reels of 16mm moving film, indexed by Mark Turin (with support of Williamson Fund), preliminary index of over 10,000 colour slides; computer input of tour diaries of travels in Nepal. Some extracts are on and they are currently being restored and digitized in collaboration with the the British Universities Film and Video Council.


Visited Japan in 1990 (six weeks), 1993 (4 weeks), 1997 (three months as a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University), ten days filming with C4 in 1999, and three weeks in July 2003l; I am interested in the comparison of England, Nepal and Japan. I have now read quite extensively on Japanese history, supervise a number of graduate students working on Japanese topics, and have set up a number of links with Japanese scholars. Four of my books have been or are being translated into Japanese.

Publications: 1993:3,7; 1994:3; 1995:2,3; 1997:2,5; 1998:3; 1999:1: 2000:4,5;


We visited China in 1996 (3 weeks), 2002 (4 weeks) and 2003 (4 weeks), travelling to Beijing, the North East (old Manchuria), the centre (Wuhan) and South-West (Yunnan). We are working with a number of Chinese scholars. In 2004 we visited for three weeks, from Shanghai and Nanjing, to Chengdu and Yunnan and finally to Beijing. Further scholars were contacted as well as Chinese television.

My two co-authored books on Glass and Tea have been or are being published in Chinese translation. My book on The Origins of English Individualism is currently being translated.


Changes in theoretical systems.

Changing theoretical structures, concepts of time and space, nature and culture, evolution, function and structure, major paradigms in the social sciences and their causes and consequences.

Published: 1983:2,1986

Other: series of lectures on paradigm shifts from ancient society to the present, eight lectures on great social thinkers have been filmed.


As one way of working out a framework for the study of history and anthropology I have studied the works of selected major figures in these and neighbouring fields. These can best be noted by author. They are not in any particular order at present. [The various works here can be seen also on my web-sige, with added magterials from 2000 on]

Ernest Gellner (1925-1995)

Various articles, conversations, obituaries and chapters of books related to this philosopher's work.

Publications 1996:1,3,5,7; 1998:1; 1999:2; 2000:2

Other Numerous conversations, writings etc., and a video of one of his last lectures in Cambridge

F.W.Maitland (1850-1906)

Publications 1991:3;

Other A completed draft of a book on 'The Mystery of Modernity' contains five chapters on F.W.Maitland, approximately half the book. I shall be delivering the Maitland memorial lecture at Downing College, in 2000.

Norman Jacobs

Publications 1994:3

Keith Thomas

Publications 1983:2; 1987:2 (ch.4); 2000:3

Marc Bloch

Publications 1981:4;

Other Various notes and writings on Bloch. Part of these will appear in 'The Mystery of Modernity' as the concluding part of a chapter on Maitland.

Yukichi Fukuzawa

Publications 1998:1

Other A full-length study of Fukuzawa has been written. Half of this will appear as the first three chapters of 'The Mystery of Modernity' in c. 2001. Filming of Fukuzawa's club, school and a talk in the Speech Hall at Keio University undertaken for C4 series in 1999.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Publications 2000:2 (four chapters, approx 40,000 words, on Tocqueville)

Adam Smith

Publications 2000:2 (four chapters, approx 40,000 words, on Smith)

Baron de Montesquieu

Publications 2000:2 (three chapters, approx 25,000 words, on Montesquieu)

Henry Maine

Publications 1991:6

Other Drafts of several other chapters for a study of Maine.

Andre Beteille

Publications 1999:2

Other Correspondence with and two video interviews with A.B.

Dor Bahadur Bista

Publications 1990:1,4

Thomas Malthus

Publications 1976:1: (last chapter); 1986:1 (chs. 1-3); 1997:2 (ch.1)

David Hume


Most of chapter considering Pope, Mandeville and Hume is devoted to Hume in 'The Mystery of Modernity', awaiting publication.

Louis Dumont

Publications 1993:2

Robert Chambers

A full-length book, written in collaboration with Iris Macfarlane, on the Scottish publisher and polymath Robert Chambers is currently awaiting publication.


Various reviews, articles and unpublished writings (some of which will be published) on the following figures.

Aaron Gurevich, J.S.Cockburn, Karl Marx, Max Weber, E.A.Freeman, Francis Fukuyama, Ishiguru (novelist), Fernand Braudel, David Landes, E.A. Wrigley, Lawrence Stone, Bernard Mandeville, William Stubbs, R.H. Tawney, Christopher Hill, G.M. Trevelyan, Karl Jaspers, Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf (see separate section above), Peter Laslett, J.G.A.Pocock, J.C.D.Clark, G.I.Jones


I have made about thirty video interviews (from 20 mins. to three hours in length) with leading anthropologists and sociologists. The interviews of over two hours in length include: Lucy Mair, John Barnes, Jack Goody, Polly Hill, Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Owen Lattimore, Ursula Graham Bower, Peter Worsley, Andre Beteille, Jean La Fontaine, G.I.Jones. Another twenty or so shorter interviews of 20-60 minutes.

A small project with Getty foundation on the early history of anthropology was undertaken with Julian Jacobs.

A project in the later 1970's to videotape several international seminars where leading figures in history and anthropology attended (Edmund Leach, Maurice Godelier, Peter Burke, Keith Thomas and others). Another seminar filmed in King's in 1999 with five international scholars.

GENERAL THEORETICAL METHODOLOGY [Mujch of this and other materials since 2000 are on my web-site]

As well as analysing methodology in the work of particular authors, I have written various pieces on how history and anthropology can best be done. Among the pieces on this are:

Publications 1973:1; 1977:4; 1978:1; 1987:2 (postscript); 1988:4; 1994:1; 1997:2 (ch.21)

Other Various writings, including pieces on 'Absences, reflections on the origins of capitalism'; 'Only connect - one fact one card'; 'Holism, Individualism and the Assumptions of the Observer'; 'Sherlock Holmes and the Analytical Method'; 'Structural and Functional Approaches to Civilizations'; 'Scholarly standards: judgment, accuracy and honesty'.


The methodology of history and anthropology. [Much of this and other materials since 2000 re on my web-site]

The practical methodology of history, local history and anthropology, with particular reference to the English past.

Publications: 1973:1;1974:1;1977:1;1977:2;1977:4;1979:2;1979:4; 198O:4;1981:2;1983:3;1981:7;1983:1;1983:3;1988:4; 1991:3,4,5,6; 1992:1; 1993:2; 1994:1;1998:2;

Other: an unpublished article on 'Potentials of Local History',various unpublished talks on local history, history and anthropology.

Diaries and diary keeping.

The reasons for writing and the value of diaries in England between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Publications: 197O:3,1976:2;1985:2

The use of visual media; film, video and optical disc. [see the web-site also]

I have made some study of the potentials for teaching and research of new visual media, in particular light-weight video (Video 8, Hi-8, digital video) and optical disc (videodisc. digital versatile disc [DVD]) technology.

Publications: 1987:1;1989:3;199O:2,5;1991:1,7; 1992,2; 1994,2

Other: with M.Bryant, the 'Videoscript' videodisc text-authoring system and Manual. Various lectures and courses on visual anthropology; various films made with the Rivers Video Project (started in 1981 by Alan Macfarlane); committee member of BBC Domesday Disc, (1985-6); chief advisor to Channel 4 (Windfall) millenium series on 'The Riddle of the World', due to be broadcast April 2000 (6 x 1 hr programs on all the world over ten thousand years).

The use of computers in information retrieval. [see the web-site also]

I have been exploring some of the potentials of computer information storage and retrieval of textual and visual material, historical and ethnographic.

Publications: 1989:2, 1991:3

Other: involved in development of major software.

a) With Charles Jardine, Tim King and Ken Moody, of the CODD (COroutine Driven Database) database system - as described in T.J.King and J.K.Moody, 'Design and Implementation of CODD', Software-Practice and Experience,vol.13 (1983) and T.J.King, 'The use of a relational database management system to store historical records', in State of the Art Report DATABASE, Series 9,no.8, ed. Atkinson, Pergamon Infotech,1981.

b) With Dr Martin Porter of the MUSCAT (Museum Cataloguing System) into the CDS (Cambridge Database System) information retrieval system for use with or without a videodisc.

c) With Michael Bryant, of the VIDEOSCRIPT (Video Script Writing System), an 'authoring' package for use with videodiscs, particularly linked to an 'Amiga' computer. (Manual & software), as used in the Naga Museum Exhibition.

d) With Sarah Harrison, Dr. Tim Mills, Dr. J.K. Moody and others on developing a Web site to hold the Earls Colne data, originally in association with the computing firm Persimmon, then with AT&T.

e) With Sarah Harrison and Lemur Consulting, Cambridge, working on a web database of the Naga data which was originally published on Videodisc.

Bibliography and book preservation.

I am interested in the history and nature of writing, printing, publishing, binding and bibliography in general, in particular in England and Scotland.

Other: unpublished lectures on the effects of writing and printing; academic adviser to the second-hand specialist book-business 'Bracton Books' (affiliated to the R.A.I., specialist in history, anthropology, law and the social sciences); book collector (collection of some 8,000 books in the various fields above); computer bibliographic program (devised mainly by S.Harrison and M.Bryant) 'BRACSORT', which also contains an index to my personal books.