- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Odd Volumes (16 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615919634
- ISBN-13: 978-0615919638
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Invention of the Modern World Paperback – 16 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Prof. Alan Macfarlane, FBA, FRHistS, taught at the Department of Social Anthropology Cambridge University for more than 30 years and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science and a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He is the author or editor of 20 books and numerous articles on the anthropology and history of England, Nepal, Japan and China.
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Probably because it is the imprint of a series of lectures given at a University in China (2011) it is a bit attenuated; and, the author continues his practice of large inclusions of quotations and phrasings from other scholars. In this case they may be of good use to serious students as points of references or to arouse some particular curiosity.
Overall, the series are worthwhile. Macfarlane's scholarship and insights are currently receiving attention in the field of economic history (in particular that of Dierdre McCloskey) and in a developing area of Social Anthropology. The series represents the beginning of a return to a different way of analyzing how we have come to be where we are in Western Civilization.