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Macfarlane, Alan

Works: 106 works in 559 publications in 14 languages and 13,117 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Sources  Local history  Diaries  Church history  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Composer, Other
Classifications: BF1581, 283.0924
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alan Macfarlane
Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England; a regional and comparative study by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

55 editions published between 1970 and 2008 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concentrates on witchcraft in Essex and examines the problem in the light of modern anthropological investigations
The origins of English individualism : the family, property, and social transition by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

45 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marriage and love in England : modes of reproduction, 1300-1840 by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

32 editions published between 1985 and 1993 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over het gezinsleven
Witchcraft and religion : the politics of popular belief by Christina Larner( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu tong guo dui 16 zhi 17 shi ji ou zhou de wu shu mi kuang deng qing kuang de miao shu, chan shu le xu duo yu wu shu you guan de zheng zhi wen hua wen ti
Glass : a world history by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Picture, if you can, a world without glass. There would be no microscopes or telescopes, no sciences of microbiology or astronomy. People with poor vision would grope in the shadows, and planes, cars, and even electricity probably wouldn't exist. Artists would draw without the benefit of three-dimensional perspective, and ships would still be steered by what stars navigators could see through the naked eye." "In Glass: A World History, Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin tell the story of how glass has revolutionized the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Macfarlane and Martin trace the history of glass and its uses from its invention ten thousand years ago in the Near East through the ancient civilizations of India, China, and Rome to western Europe during the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution, and finally up to the present day. The authors argue that glass played a key role not just in transforming humanity's relationship with the natural world, but also in the divergent courses of Eastern and Western civilizations. While all the societies that used glass first focused on its beauty in jewelry and other ornaments, and some later made it into bottles and other containers, only western Europeans further developed the use of glass for precise optics, mirrors, and windows. These technological innovations in glass, in turn, provided the foundations for European domination of the world in the several centuries following the Scientific Revolution." "Clear, compelling, and quite provocative, Glass is biography of an equally amazing subject, one that has been central to every aspect of human history, from art and science to technology and medicine."--Jacket
The family life of Ralph Josselin, a seventeenth-century clergyman; an essay in historical anthropology by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

21 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Josselin (1617-1683) was born in Roxwell, Essex, England. He married Jane Constable in 1640. They had ten live-born children. He was an army chaplain, a teacher and a minister
The culture of capitalism by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

23 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in 5 languages and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing historical communities by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The justice and the mare's ale : law and disorder in seventeenth-century England by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The empire of tea : the remarkable history of the plant that took over the world by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of tea, examining the impact the Camelia plant has had on civilization, and discussing its effects on culture, art, politics, and environment
The diary of Ralph Josselin 1616-1683 by Ralph Josselin( Book )

22 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to English historical records by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes the nature of English historical records over the period 1200-1800. It surveys the records created by the state, the estates of landlords, and the Church. The work arises from an intensive research project (1973-81), which involved the manual and computerised analysis of all the surviving records for two parishes, in Westmorland and Essex, up to 1800. The book considers the administrative and judicial process, which led to the compilation of the documents, the survival and quantity of each class, the location and form of the material, and the hidden omissions, inaccuracies and deceptions
The savage wars of peace : England, Japan and the Malthusian trap by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and Thai and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book aims to solve the problem of how parts of mankind escaped from an apparently inevitable trap of war, famine and disease in the last three hundred years. Through a detailed comparative analysis of English and Japanese history it explores such matters as the destruction of war, decline of famine, importance of certain drinks (especially tea), the use of human excrement and the effects of housing, clothing and bathing on human health. It also shows how the English and Japanese controlled fertility through marriage and sexual patterns, biological and contraceptive factors, abortion and infanticide. It proposes a new historical methodology through the examination of chains and causation. At one level this is a book of detection, trying to solve one of the great unsolved mysteries of history. At another it is a work of cultural transition, trying to explain the material and cultural underpinnings of East Asia (Japan) and Europe (England) through a long historical period. It thus combines history, anthropology, medicine and demography with a detailed use of contemporary sources such as traveller's accounts, diaries and medical texts
Resources and population : a study of the Gurungs of Nepal by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

15 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In many areas of the world destruction of natural resources and the rapid growth of populaton are among the most important problems facing individuals and governments. This book utilises the tools of social anthropology and population studies in an attempt to see some of the causes and consequences of populations growth and some of the effects of change on natural resources. It analyses a particular community in the Annapurna range of the central Himalayas during this century, and investigates how the destruction of forests and the growth of settled rice cultivation have occurred, and some of the consequences. The Gurungs are famous as recruits to the Gurkha regiments of the British and Indian armies, and the demographic and economic effects of foreign mercenary labour are among the topics examined
The riddle of the modern world : of liberty, wealth and equality by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner, weaves their lives and works together and through their own words shows how they approached the question of the nature of man, his past and his future
The glass bathyscaphe by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

31 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this title a world-famous anthropologist and an industrialist have combined their talents to write a history of glass and how it has driven much of the world's cultural development
Japan through the looking glass by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book Alan Macfarlane takes us with him on an exploration of every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. He shows how even the familiar and mundane are in fact strange and mysterious and in a series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers the multifaceted nature of the country and its people. This turns out to be even more extraordinary than it first seemed and yet at the same time perfectly reasonable and logical once understood." "Our journey encompasses religion, ritual, martial arts, manners, eating, drinking, hot baths, geishas, family, home, singing, wrestling, dancing, performing, clans, education, aspiration, sexes, generations, race, crime, gangs, terror, war, kindness, cruelty, money, art, imperialism, emperor, countryside, city, politics, government, law and a language that varies according to whom you are speaking to. Alan Macfarlane weaves through past and present, totem and taboo. He shows us Japan as it has never been seen before and in the process helps us to see our own world afresh."--BOOK JACKET
The making of the modern world : visions from the West and East by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901) more than any other created the institutions of modern Japan. As an outsider he provides a brilliant insight into the heart of the new capitalist and industrial civilization which had emerged in the West."--Cover
Green gold : the empire of tea by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters to Lily : on how the world works by Alan Macfarlane( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 30 letters addressed to his teenage granddaughter, Mcfarlane, an anthropologist by trade, describes how the world works, reflects on the nature of good and evil and explains where she fits into it all
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Glass : a world history
Alternative Names
Alan Macfarlane Brits antropoloog

Mac Farlane Alan

Mac Farlane, Alan 1941-

Macfarlane, A.

Macfarlane, A. D. J. 1941-

MacFarlane, Alan 1941-

Macfarlane, Alan D. J. 1941-

Macfarlane, Alan Donald James 1941-

Macfarlane, Aran

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Mcfarlane Alan

Mcfarlane, Alan 1941-

맥팔레인, 앨런 1941-


マクファーレン, アラン

The origins of English individualism : the family, property, and social transitionGlass : a world historyThe family life of Ralph Josselin, a seventeenth-century clergyman; an essay in historical anthropologyThe culture of capitalismReconstructing historical communitiesThe empire of tea : the remarkable history of the plant that took over the worldA guide to English historical recordsThe savage wars of peace : England, Japan and the Malthusian trap