Path-breaking, comparative study by a brilliant, world-rewned scholar. Examines key themes in history of industrial civilization. Compares and contrasts experiences of England and Japan over time. Draws on wide range of contemporary sources - traveller's accounts, diaries and medical texts.
Alan MacFarlane is Professor of Anthropological Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College. In 1986 he was elected a Fellow of the British Economy. His previous books include The Origins of English Individualism, (1978) Marriage and Love in England (1986) and The Culture of Capitalism (1987), all published by Blackwell Publishers Ltd.