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Glass: A World History
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|October 1, 2002

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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…
Secrets Of The Modern World: Yukichi Fukuzawa
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Alan Macfarlane writes: Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901) is arguably the greatest Japanese social thinker of the last three centuries, yet he is little known outside his native country, except to experts on Japan. Contemporaries, on the other hand, recognized his…
Secrets Of The Modern World: Thomas Malthus
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The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus was born in 1766 and died in 1834. He was the son of a clergyman and one of eight children. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge and later became Professor of History and Political Economy at the East India Company's…
Secrets of the Modern World: F. W. Maitland
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Alan Macfarlane writes of F. W. Maitland: When we consider that some five thousand pages of detailed findings, written about a hundred years ago, have been modified in only a few minor emphases and one or two facts, and that the bulk of Maitland's edifice still…
Japan Through the Looking Glass
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|February 11, 2009

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This entertaining and endlessly surprising book takes us on an exploration into every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. A series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers the multi-faceted nature of a country and people…
Letters to Lily: On How the World Works
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In a frank and unpretentious series of letters addressed to a teenage granddaughter, this highly original book teaches us to know and understand the world we live in and its rules, and how to behave in it. In these thirty letters, Alan Macfarlane answers his…
Reconstructing Historical Communities
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|October 30, 2008

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Alan MacFarlane has studied the parishes of Earls Colne in Essex and Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, as well as other parishes, and has undertaken anthropological fieldwork in a contemporary community in Nepal. In collaboration with Sarah Harrison and Charles Jardine…
The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth And Equality
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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…
The Origins of English Individualism: The Family Property and Social Transition
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The Origins of English Individualism is about the nature of English society during the five centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution, and the crucial differences between England and other European nations. Drawing upon detailed studies of English…
Of Poverty And Wealth: Eric Hobsbawm, Barry Supple And Gareth Stedman Jones
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History, Culture And Ethnography: Jack Goody, Clifford Geertz And Philippe Descola
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Science And Culture: Lisa Jardine, Jean Michel Massing And Simon Schaffer
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