August 5, 2009


REFLECTIONS ON CAMBRIDGEAlan Macfarlane

243 pages with 20 illustrations 215x140 mm
Indian edition: Hardback Rs 450 ISBN 978-81-87358-48-0
International edition: Paperback $24.95 ISBN 978-81-87358-50-3
ANTHROPOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY, HISTORY
Pub Date August 2009

"... the Cambridge book - full of wisdom, warmth and great stories, a kind of manifesto for the liberal arts as well as a song of love for a place. "
- Michael Chaplin, film producer and writer

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The traditions and creativity of Cambridge University have survived 800 years. In celebration, this first-ever combined historical and anthropological account explores the culture, the customs, the colleges and the politics of this famous institution. As professor there for nearly forty years, the author sets forth on a personal but also dispassionate attempt to understand how this ancient university developed and changed, and how it continues to influence those who pass through it. This book delves into the history and architecture as well as the charm and the ghosts of Cambridge presenting a valuable resource for anyone who studies, teaches, visits, or is intrigued by this great intellectual centre.

Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge, and Life Fellow, King’s College Cambridge. In 1986 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He was born in Assam, India, and his work covers Britain, India, China and Japan. Throughout his distinguished career, Alan Macfarlane has published widely in history and anthropology. His publications include
Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (1970,1999) Routledge, London; Resources and Population (1976) CUP; The Origins of English Individualism (1978) Blackwell, Oxford; A Guide to English Historical Records (1983) CUP; The Culture of Capitalism (1987) Blackwell, Oxford; The Savage Wars of Peace (1997) Blackwell, Oxford; Green Gold: The Empire of Tea
(2003) (with Iris Macfarlane) Ebury Press, London.

Contents:PrefaceSection I: HISTORY
Strange Survival
The Changing Same
Section II: CULTURE
Charm and Ghosts
Culture
The Culture of Politics
Rhythms
Section III: SOCIETY
Customs
Colleges
Community
Associations
Section IV: IDEAS
Education
Creativity
Discovery

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