20 December 1941 in Shillong, India
King's College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST, United Kingdom. (e-mail email@example.com;
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: Over thirty months anthropological fieldwork in central
Nepal: 1968-1970; December 1986; October-December 1987; December,
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
and China: seven visits to Japan, of between three months
and three weeks (1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009), travelling,
and lecturing. Nine visits to China in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,
2007, 2008, 2011 (twice) travelling very widely indeed, filming,
lecturing and exploring.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Examiner: School of Oriental and African Studies, London,
1983-1985. University of Wales (Lampeter), 1996/7 - 2000.
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).
and Trusts Editorial board of Social History, 1976-8; Editorial
Board of British Records Society, 1976-8; Board of Social History
1977 to 1990; Trustee of Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund, 1980 - 1986;
member of Faculty Board of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1975
; 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
Member of Commission of Documentary Film of China, 2005; Trustee of
the Vanishing Worlds Foundation (2010 onwards).
project on computers and history, King's College, Cambridge, Research
research project on computers and history, Social Science Research Council,
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
of Rivers Video Project, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge,
1983 on (with some funding from the Renaissance Trust).
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').
of the 'Cambridge Experimental Videodisc Project' on the Nagas of Assam,
1985-1992 (funded by Nuffield, Leverhulme, and Economic & Social
of project on 'Social and Economic Change in the Central Himalayas',
199O-1993 (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council).
of project on modern information technologies and their application,
1990 to present (funded by the Renaissance Trust).
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.
of project on 'Digital Himalaya', funded by Royal Anthropological Institute
fund and Renaissance Trust, 2000 on
of 'Digital Orient' project, 2003 on, with funding from the Renaaissance
of project on the minorities of China, 2003-2009, funded by the Firebird
Foundation for Anthropological Research
lectures and honours Frazer Memorial Lecture, University of
Liverpool, 1974; Burrows Lecture, University of Essex, 1977; Malinowski
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
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).
related Involved in planning and mounting the special 'Naga' exhibition,
Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Andrews Gallery, 1990-2.
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.
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.
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.).
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
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
'Witchcraft', in History of the English Speaking Peoples (Purnell
WITCHCRAFT IN TUDOR AND STUART ENGLAND (Routledge) (PB,1970,1990)
THE FAMILY LIFE OF RALPH JOSSELIN: AN ESSAY IN HISTORICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
(Cambridge Univ. Press). (PB,1977)
'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
'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
Review of Norman Cohn 'Europe's Inner Demons'. Times Educational
Review of Margaret Spufford, Contrasting Communities. Times
RESOURCES AND POPULATION: A STUDY OF THE GURUNGS OF NEPAL (Cambridge
THE DIARY OF RALPH JOSSELIN, Edited for the British Academy (Oxford
Univ. Press). (PB, 1991).
Review of Leslie Clarkson, 'Death, Disease and Famine'. Literature
RECONSTRUCTING HISTORICAL COMMUNITIES with Charles Jardine and
Sarah Harrison. (Cambridge Univ. Press).
'History, anthropology and the study of communities', Social History,
'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.
Review of Elizabeth Bourcier, 'The Diary of Sir Simonds d'Ewes'. Etudes
'The Peasantry in England before the industrial revolution. A mythical
model?, in Social Organization and Settlement, ed. D. Green et.
'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,
'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
Review of Charles Phythian-Adams, Desolation of a City'. Urban History
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
THE JUSTICE AND THE MARE'S ALE: JUSTICE AND ORDER IN EARLY MODERN
ENGLAND (Blackwell and Cambridge U.P.) (PB, 1981)
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
'Death, Disease and Curing in a Himalayan Village', in Asian Societies
in Anthropological Perspective, ed. C. von Furer-Haimendorf (Delhi,
'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
'Notes on general theory and particular cases', Groniek: gronings
historisch fijdschrift, No.76.
Review of Keith Thomas, 'Religion and the Decline of Magic'. History
'Inquisition and Anthropology', Temenos, Studies in Comparative Religion,
'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.
A GUIDE TO ENGLISH HISTORICAL RECORDS (Cambridge Univ. Press)
'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
'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
'The poor, the poor', review of two eighteenth century English diaries
(Holland and Turner), Spectator, 2.3.85
MARRIAGE AND LOVE IN ENGLAND; MODES OF REPRODUCTION 1300-184O
(Blackwell) (PB,1986) Portuguese
'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,
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
'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
'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,
'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 CAMBRIDGE DATABASE SYSTEM USER MANUAL (Cambridge Multimedia).
'The Principles Used in Selecting, Editing and Transferring Materials
for an Archival Videodisc', Journal of Educational Television,
'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,
THE NAGAS, HILL PEOPLES OF NORTH EAST INDIA: SOCIETY AND THE COLONIAL
ENCOUNTER (Thames and Hudson) with J.Jacobs, S.Harrison & A.Herle.
'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,
'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
'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
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
'Ralph Josselin', in Dictionary of National Biography, ed. C.S.Nicholls
'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
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),
'Individualism' in The Social Science Encyclopedia (2nd edn.,
'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.
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
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.2,000 words), for King's College Annual
Report, October 1996.
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).
THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE; ENGLAND, JAPAN AND THE MALTHUSIAN TRAP
'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),
and the Riddle of the World' in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
'The Meaning of the Comparative Method', (in Japanese, trans. Prof.
Toshiko Nakamura), The Journal of Hokkai-Gakuen University, no.94-5,
'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
Philosophical Designs for a Socio-Cultural Transformation:
violence and the modern era (Ecole des Hautes Etudes,
Review of Susan Hanley, 'Everyday things in Premodern Japan'. Journal
of Economic History.
Review of S.N.Eisenstadt, 'Japanese Civilization' in
'Four systems of Stratification' in Ramachandra Guha and
Parry (eds), Institutions and Inequalities in South Asia:
Presented to Andre Beteille, (Oxford U.P., Delhi, 1999)
Second Edition of Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England; A
and comparative study, (Routledge, London, 1999)
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
'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
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
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,
(3) 'David Hume and the political economy of agrarian civilization',
History of European Ideas 27 (2001). Pp. 79-91
THE MAKING OF
THE MODERN WORLD; VISIONS FROM THE WEST AND THE EAST (Palgrave,
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
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)
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,
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,
'Alfred Antony Francis
Gell, 1945-1997'. Proceedings of the British Academy, 120, pp.127-147
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].
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.
(with Xiaoxiao Yan), Cambridge Anthropology, 24:2, 2004, pp.
'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
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,
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
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),
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)
and translated edition of Chinese mainland version of Letters to
Lily: On How the World Works (Commercial Press, Beijing, 2006)
major contributor to Howard and Christopher Dawes, Making things
from New Ideas; the secrets of prosperity (Dawes Trust, Pershore,
Comments on John
Ziman's, No Man is an Island, special issue of Journal of Consciousness
Studies, vol.13, no.5 (2006), 43-52.
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)
Japan Through the Looking Glass (Profile, 2007)
Malthusian Trap’, International Encyclopedia of the Social
Sciences, 2nd edn., Macmillan.
Lectures by Alan Macfarlane; the Maruyama Lecture and Seminar,
2005 (Berkeley, 2007)
to Lily – translations into Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian,
Glass Bathyscaphe – translation into Chinese (Taiwan)
Gold: The Empire of Tea -translation into Chinese, Japanese
to Peter Rivière (d.), A History of Oxford Anthropology
to Peter van Ham and Jamie Saul, Expedition Naga; Diaries from the
Hills in Northeast India 1921-1937, 2002-6 (ACC editions, 2008)
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
Through the Looking Glass (paperback edn, 2008)
Through the Looking Glass - Finnish translation
Origins of English Individualism – Chinese translation
to Lily; On how the World Works - Slovenian translation
and other ‘ancestors’”, translated for Chinese
Review of Anthropology, vol. 10, 2009
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
Reflections on Cambridge (Social Science Press, 2009)
to Christopher Evans et al., Grounding knowledge/walking land: Archaeological
research and ethno-historical identity in central Nepal (McDonald
Institute, Cambridge, 2009)
Through the Looking Glass – French translation as Enigmatique
to Lily; On How the World Works – translation into Hungarian
onwards (BOOKS ONLY)
of English Individualism - translated into Chinese (2011)
of the Modern World - (Chinese version) 2012
Days - with Jamie Bruce Lockhart (2012)
Days - (2012)
OF EDITED MATERIALS
is updated until 2003 only as many of these materials are now on this
Historical Communities with a computer
in project: Sarah Harrison, Charles Jardine, Jessica King, Dr Timothy
King, Cherry Bryant, Iris Macfarlane, Dr Tim Mills
King's College Research Centre (1972-5), Economic and Social Research
Council (three project grants, 1975-1982); King's College Research Centre
of project: 1973-1982;1997-2002
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.
medium: microfiche (Charles Chadwyck Healey) for Earls Colne (1982);
World Wide Web version, 2000. (see www.alanmacfarlane.com)
transcripts deposited: Earls Colne in the Department of Social Anthropology,
Cambridge; Kirkby Lonsdale in the Library, University of Lancaster.
dates of material: 1380-1854
languages of material: Latin, English
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.
and computer readable materials: large set of materials
120 megabytes plus) of machine readable texts and indexes.
of materials: documents in local record offices and the Public Record
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)
Experimental Videodisc Project (the Nagas)
in project: Michael Bryant, Sarah Harrison, Anita Herle, Julian
Jacobs, Dr Martin Porter
King's College Research Centre, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation,
Economic and Social Research Council, Renaissance Trust.
of project: 1985 to 1993, 2002-4
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.
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.
transcripts deposited: Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge.
dates of material: 1850-1980
languages of material: English, German
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)
and computer readable materials: as described above.
of materials: private collections, Pitt-Rivers Museum and Archive,
Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Mankind
and other archives.
Reports: annual reports, 1985-1989 to Nuffield Foundation and Economic
and Social Research Council (final report to ESRC deposited in the British
Change in Central Nepal
in project: Sarah Harrison, Michael Bryant, Gill Macfarlane
London-Cornell Project, Economic and Social Research Council, Renaissance
of project: 1968 to present
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.
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 www.digitalhimalaya.com
and others on www.alanmacfarlane.com.
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.
dates of material: 1958 to present
languages of material: Gurung, English, French, Nepali
software: Cambridge Database System.
and computer readable materials: in preparation for the web
of materials: private collections, India Office Library, Centre
d'Etudes Indiennes, Paris, and elsewhere
Reports: Report to London-Cornell Project; Report to Economic and
Social Research Council.
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 www.alanmacfarlane.com
Malthus: twenty minute film made with undergraduates, copy deposited
in Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge
on law and justice in England, the full versions behind a BBC documentary
on English archives, now on www.alanmacfarlane.com
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.
of a course of eight lectures on great social thinkers, from Montesquieu
to Gellner, currently being prepared for the web.
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
films, lasting less than one hour: Ronald Frankenberg, S.J.Tambiah,
Raymond Firth, Rosemary Firth, Philip Gulliver, Philip Mayer and others.
of these are available off my web-site.
based on anthropological fieldwork in Nepal
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.
film for 'Timewatch' series based on book 'The Justice and the Mare's
Ale', c. 1988. On alanmacfarlane.com
with Sarah Harrison, in all of the six films in a BBC millenium series
on British Archives, 2000
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.
RESEARCH AND UNPUBLISHED WORK
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.
THEORETICAL QUESTIONS [to 2000)' This section has formed the basis
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]
history of witchcraft, magic and the inquisition.
consists of a study of the sociology and philosophy of witchcraft beliefs
and their treatment in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries in Europe.
Oxford D.Phil. thesis, 'Witchcraft in England';197O:1;197O:2;197O:4;1977:3;1977:5;1982:1;1983:5;
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.
of the family, love and marriage.
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).
M.Phil. thesis on incest (1968); 1979:3;198O:2; 198O:3;1986:1;1987:3;1988:3;1993:7;2000:1.
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.
of violence, war and law.
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.
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.
of population and resources.
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
Ph.D. thesis on population in Nepal,1968:1;1976:1; 1978:3;1979:1;1981:4;1981:6;1997:2
lectures on population, work on demographic change in contemporary Nepal,
video film (with students) on T.R.Malthus.
of capitalism, industrialism and individualism.
origins, causes and consequences of individualism and capitalism, from
the ninth to nineteenth centuries, with particular reference to England
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;
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.
of technological and scientific change.
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.
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.
areas of substantive research.
on the growth of the city and urban life; visual anthropology; state
systems; inequality; community; kinship and marriage in history and
and social history of Nepal and the Gurungs.
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.
Ph.D. thesis on Gurungs (1972); 1976:1; 1981:5; 1989:1; 199O; 1,4,5,6;
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.
ethno-history of the Nagas of the North East India.
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.
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.
ethnographic materials of Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf.
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.
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
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 digitalhimalaya.com and they are currently being restored
and digitized in collaboration with the the British Universities Film
and Video Council.
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.
1993:3,7; 1994:3; 1995:2,3; 1997:2,5; 1998:3; 1999:1: 2000:4,5;
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.
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.
in theoretical systems.
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.
series of lectures on paradigm shifts from ancient society to the present,
eight lectures on great social thinkers have been filmed.
WITH MAJOR THEORISTS
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]
articles, conversations, obituaries and chapters of books related to
this philosopher's work.
1996:1,3,5,7; 1998:1; 1999:2; 2000:2
Numerous conversations, writings etc., and a video of one of his last
lectures in Cambridge
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.
1983:2; 1987:2 (ch.4); 2000:3
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.
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.
2000:2 (four chapters, approx 40,000 words, on Tocqueville)
2000:2 (four chapters, approx 40,000 words, on Smith)
2000:2 (three chapters, approx 25,000 words, on Montesquieu)
Drafts of several other chapters for a study of Maine.
Correspondence with and two video interviews with A.B.
1976:1: (last chapter); 1986:1 (chs. 1-3); 1997:2 (ch.1)
of chapter considering Pope, Mandeville and Hume is devoted to Hume
in 'The Mystery of Modernity', awaiting publication.
full-length book, written in collaboration with Iris Macfarlane, on
the Scottish publisher and polymath Robert Chambers is currently awaiting
reviews, articles and unpublished writings (some of which will be published)
on the following figures.
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
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.
small project with Getty foundation on the early history of anthropology
was undertaken with Julian Jacobs.
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.
THEORETICAL METHODOLOGY [Mujch of this and other materials since 2000
are on my web-site]
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:
1973:1; 1977:4; 1978:1; 1987:2 (postscript); 1988:4; 1994:1; 1997:2
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'.
AND APPLIED RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
methodology of history and anthropology. [Much of this and other
materials since 2000 re on my web-site]
practical methodology of history, local history and anthropology, with
particular reference to the English past.
1991:3,4,5,6; 1992:1; 1993:2; 1994:1;1998:2;
an unpublished article on 'Potentials of Local History',various unpublished
talks on local history, history and anthropology.
and diary keeping.
reasons for writing and the value of diaries in England between the
sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
use of visual media; film, video and optical disc. [see the web-site
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.
1987:1;1989:3;199O:2,5;1991:1,7; 1992,2; 1994,2
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
use of computers in information retrieval. [see the web-site also]
have been exploring some of the potentials of computer information storage
and retrieval of textual and visual material, historical and ethnographic.
involved in development of major software.
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.
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.
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
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.
With Sarah Harrison and Lemur
Consulting, Cambridge, working on a web database of the Naga data
which was originally published on Videodisc.
and book preservation.
am interested in the history and nature of writing, printing, publishing,
binding and bibliography in general, in particular in England and Scotland.
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.