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



Born 20th December 1941 in Shillong, Assam, 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; February-March 2014; October 2017

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, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 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 (2012); Jack Goody Memorial Lecture, Malta (2014); Honorary Professorship. Sichuan University (2014-); Li-An Chi Lecture, Sichuan University (2016)

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.)


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


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



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


'Imaginative Leaps', Times Educational Supplement, January, 1973.

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


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

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

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


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

Review of Margaret Spufford, Contrasting Communities. Times Educational Supplement



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

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


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

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

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

'Historical Anthropology', in Cambridge Anthropology no.3.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


'Social anthropology and Population', RAIN, February

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

'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.

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

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

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



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

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

'Demographic structures and cultural regions in Europe' Cambridge Anthropology.

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

'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)

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

'A Individualidade dos Ingleses', Ler Historia, no.3.

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

'Love and Capitalism', Cambridge Anthropology


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

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

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

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

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

'The Naga Videodisc Manual', Cambridge Interactive.


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


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

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


'Fatalism and Development in Nepal', London Review Books, May

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

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

'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)

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


'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)

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

Turkish edition of THE ORIGINS OF ENGLISH INDIVIDUALISM with a new preface.

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

'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.

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

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


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

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

'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.


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

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

'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).


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

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

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

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.

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

'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)

'Fieldwork in the Himalayas', 150 minute video film.

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

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


'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).


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

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

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


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

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

'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.

'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)

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


Review of S.N.Eisenstadt, 'Japanese Civilization' in Cambridge Anthropology, 1999.

'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)

Second Edition of Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England; A regional and comparative study, (Routledge, London, 1999)


Japanese edition of MARRIAGE AND LOVE IN ENGLAND, with new preface

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

'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)

'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)

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

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

'Don's Diary' in Times Higher Education Supplement, 7.7.2000

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

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.

Radio interview on 18.10.2000 with Radio Merseyside on 'English Identity'.


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

'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

'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


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)

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

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)



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

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

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 Riviere (ed.), A History of Oxford Anthropology (Berg)

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

'The digitization of Naga collections in the West and the "return of Culture" ' in Naga Identities, eds. Michael Oppitz et al, (Snoeck Publishers, Gent), with Mark Turin

Japan Through the Looking Glass (paperback edn.)

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)

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


Retirement from Professorship in Department of Social Anthropology, automatically becoming an Emeritus Professor of Carmbridge University 31st September

Reflections on Cambridge (Social Science Press, Delhi)

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

Japan Through the Looking Glass - French translation as Enigmatique Japon

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


Origins of English Individualism - translated into Chinese


Dragon Days - with Jamie Bruce Lockhart (Village Digital Press)

Dorset Days (Village Digital Press)

‘Understanding life backwards’, Fortnightly Review, March 2012

Invention of the Modern World: The Spring-Summer 2012 Serial, Fortnightly Review, 2012, in 17 parts


Invention of the Modern World - (Chinese: Century Wenjing Press, Beijing)

Becoming a Dragon (Create Space)

Secrets for Sam; On how to investigate mysteries (Create Space)

The Making of the Modern World: Encounters (Create Space)

Encounters with Japan and the Japanese (Create Space)

How to Discover the World: Reflections for Rosa (Create Space)

Thomas Malthus and the Making of the Modern World (Create Space)

How a Book is Written (Create Space)

History and Anthropology (Create Space)

Law and Violence in an Elizabethan Village (Create Space)

Encounters with Witchcraft and Witches (Create Space)

Individualism, Capitalism and the Modern World (Create Space)


Invention of the Modern World (Fortnightly Review Press)


Cambridge Anthropology; Preliminary Notes (Berghahn)

Understanding Cambridge from the Inside Out (Cambridge Rivers Press)


How Can We Survive? Thoughts for Taras (Cambridge Rivers Press)

A Modern Education; Advice for Ariston (Cambridge Rivers Press)

How to Discover the World; Reflections for Rosa (Cambridge Rivers Press)

How to Understand Each Other; Notes for Nina (Cambridge Rivers Press)

How to Investigate Mysteries; Secrets for Sam (Cambridge Rivers Press)


How do we Know?; Advice for April (Cambridge Rivers Press)

Learning to be Modern; Jottings for James (Cambridge Rivers Press)

Intelligent Machines; Conversations with Gerry (Cambridge Rivers Press)

How to Understand the World; Suggestions for Shuo(Cambridge Rivers Press)


'Dreams and Nightmares', Fortnightly Review, February 2018