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Wood, Frances 1948-

Overview
Works: 207 works in 544 publications in 6 languages and 10,807 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Guidebooks  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Juvenile works  Conference papers and proceedings  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Performer
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Frances Wood
Did Marco Polo go to China? by Frances Wood( )

40 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The preparation of his book, and the imperial Chinese records. The result is a lucid and readable look at medieval European and Chinese history and the characters and events that shaped this extraordinary and enduring myth. In a new Afterword to this North American edition, Frances Wood responds to questions raised by her critics in the controversy that followed the publication of the original British edition of the book
The Silk Road : two thousand years in the heart of Asia by Frances Wood( Book )

45 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Covering more than 5,000 years, this book, illustrated with photographs, manuscripts, and paintings from the collections of the British Library and other museums worldwide, presents an overall picture of the history and cultures of the Silk Road. It also contains many previously unpublished photographs by the great explorers Stein, Hedin, and Mannerheim." "More than just a trade route, the Silk Road witnessed the movement of cultural influences. Frances Wood traces the story of the civilizations and ideas that flourished and spread via its vast geographical expanse. Indian Buddhism was carried into China on the Silk Road, initiating a great tradition of pilgrimages across the lonely desert routes; Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity, and Islam also made their way eastwards along its route." "The nineteenth century saw a new interest in Central Asia and the Silk Road, as Russia and Britain vied for power on the frontiers of Afghanistan. A new breed of explorer, part archaeologist, part cartographer, part spy, was seen on the Silk Road, while some of the ancient cities, long buried in sand-blown dunes, began to give up their secrets. This book brings the history of the Silk Road alive - from its beginnings to the present day, revealing a rich legacy still in the making."--BOOK JACKET
China's first emperor and his terracotta warriors by Frances Wood( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and achievements of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, who ordered the construction of the Great Wall and the buried terra-cotta army that guards his tomb, assessing whether he was a visionary or tyrant as some have charged
The Britannica guide to modern China : a comprehensive introduction to the world's new economic giant by Jonathan Mirsky( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing together the most up-to-date material, The Britannica Guide to Modern China is the perfect companion for travellers who wish to know the country beyond the tourist trail, students and business people who need an overview of the culture and society, and of course the general reader, who wants to understand China's remarkable legacy and potent future." "This guide explains the differences between the Long March, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the Four Modernizations. It looks at the key personalities who transformed China into a modern state with the world's fastest-growing economy, which is predicted to grow larger than the US market within 10 years. With an introduction by leading commentator Jonathan Mirsky, this book provides a detailed, accurate introduction to the diverse society that comprises modern China."--BOOK JACKET
Betrayed Ally : China in the Great War by Frances Wood( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great War helped China emerge from humiliation and obscurity and take its first tentative steps as a full member of the global community. In 1912 the Qing Dynasty had ended. President Yuan Shikai, who seized power in 1914, offered the British 50,000 troops to recover the German colony in Shandong but this was refused. In 1916 China sent a vast army of laborers to Europe. In 1917 she declared war on Germany despite this effectively making the real enemy Japan an ally. The betrayal came when Japan was awarded the former German colony. This inspired the rise of Chinese nationalism and communism, enflamed by Russia. The scene was set for Japan's incursions into China and thirty years of bloodshed. One hundred years on, the time is right for this accessible and authoritative account of China's role in The Great War and assessment of its national and international significance
Oriental gardens : an illustrated history by Norah M Titley( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors, both of the British Library, discuss the history, development, context, and significance of gardens as depicted in the miniature paintings of Ottoman Turkey, Iran, and India, and the watercolors, woodblock prints, and manuscripts of China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Some 120 illustrations from the British Library collections are elegantly presented (most in color). Annotation © Book News, Inc., Portland, OR--From publisher description
A companion to China by Frances Wood( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A concise companion for either the traveler to China or the interested reader at home
Great books of China : from ancient times to the present by Frances Wood( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Great Books of China invites readers to discover--or rediscover--some of the major achievements of Chinese culture and civilization. The literature of China remains largely unknown in the West, yet it offers much insight into Chinese life. The long continuity of Chinese culture means that texts created more than two thousand years ago are still part of the education and background of today's China. Great Books of China introduces outstanding works of various genres, from fiction, drama, and poetry to history, science, and travel; they were written by philosophers and artists, government officials and scholars, by men and women across many centuries and from every part of China. These great books are presented in their historic, cultural, and social context, with a focused summary of content and author." quatrième de couverture
Chinese printmaking today : woodblock printing in China 1980-2000 by Anne Farrer( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Woodblock prints have played a seminal role in the development of twentieth-century Chinese art. Chinese printmaking today provides a highly illustrated view of Chinese prints since 1980 and of the artists who made them, and shows how China's new artistic and political climate has produced images of surprising virtuosity and elegance." "The book features in full colour 200 of the finest prints, mostly woodcuts depicting largely non-abstract subjects, by leading contemporary Chinese artists. Most of the prints featured in the book are from the Muban Foundation, the foremost research collection of Chinese woodblock prints. Through detailed examination of these works, continuities and innovations in Chinese printmaking are explored." "This illustrated new book is an opportunity to make available to a wider audience an aspect of contemporary Chinese art that is at present little known outside China"--Jacket
The Diamond Sutra : the story of the world's earliest dated printed book by Frances Wood( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the book produced in AD 868 and found in 1907; describes the physical object and recent conservation work; places the sutra in the history of Chinese printing and paper making
Chinese lives = Huaxia ren sheng : the people who made a civilization by Victor H Mair( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of China through 96 short biographies. This book includes a colourful array of very different men and women: emperors and empresses, concubines, officials and political figures, rebels, exiles, philosophers, writers and poets, artists, musicians, scientists, military leaders and committed pacifists. This is a perfect introduction to China's long history for the modern reader, seen through the eyes of the men and women who helped shape the civilization's past
No dogs and not many Chinese : treaty port life in China 1843-1943 by Frances Wood( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frances Wood describes the life of both the Chinese and the mainly British colonialists who ran the treaty ports that were forcibly opened up in 1843. These enclaves lasted until 1943 when they were returned to China and the Japanese took over
Chinese illustration by Frances Wood( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and German and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The house of Confucius by Te-mao Kʻung( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lure of China : writers from Marco Polo to J.G. Ballard by Frances Wood( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Medieval travellers like Marco Polo created a romantic picture of a distant and exotic land while subsequent Jesuit and diplomatic missions sought to correct the more lurid depictions with first-hand accounts. In the mid-nineteenth century China was opened to travellers, collectors and writers of all sorts. Explorers were drawn to the Silk Road and its buried treasures. Writers like Andre Malraux and Vicki Baum found fame with books set in Peking and Shanghai, and Somerset Maugham with his enchanting vignettes. More recently Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn reported from China, as did W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and the American journalist Edgar Snow. Frances Wood tracks the visits of Harold Acton, Osbert Sitwell, Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell, and the Chinese childhoods of Pearl Buck and J.G. Ballard. 'It was as if China made writers of them all', Wood observes, as she trawls a vast library of fiction, memoir and travelogue in this captivating and beautifully illustrated journey."--Publisher description
The British Museum book of flowers by Anne Scott-James( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China by Frances Wood( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the year in China by Frances Wood( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the 13-16 year-old, information on the cultural background and daily life in China
Chinese studies : papers presented at a colloquium at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 24-26 August 1987( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China by Andrei V Subbotin( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Silk Road : two thousand years in the heart of Asia
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The Silk Road : two thousand years in the heart of AsiaChina's first emperor and his terracotta warriorsThe Britannica guide to modern China : a comprehensive introduction to the world's new economic giantChinese printmaking today : woodblock printing in China 1980-2000The Diamond Sutra : the story of the world's earliest dated printed bookNo dogs and not many Chinese : treaty port life in China 1843-1943The lure of China : writers from Marco Polo to J.G. BallardThe British Museum book of flowers
Alternative Names
Frances Wood bibliothécaire, Oriental collections, British library

Frances Wood britische Bibliothekarin, Sinologin und Historikerin

Wood, F.

Wood, Frances

Wu, Fang si 1948-

Wu, Fangsi 1948-

Wūd, Fransis 1948-

Wude, Fulangxisi 1948-

ウッド, フランシス

伍徳, 弗朗西絲

伍德, 弗朗西丝 1948-

呉, 芳思

吴, 芳思 1948-

吴芳思

吴芳思 1948-

Languages
English (214)

Chinese (17)

German (8)

French (4)

Japanese (2)

Czech (1)