BOXER, Charles Ralph. Sandown Isle of Wight 8.4.1904 — St.Albans, Hertfordshire 27.4.2000. British Historian of Early Colonial Asia. Son of Colonel Hugh Edward Richard B. and Jane Patterson. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst. In 1923-47 served in Lincolnshire Regiment.., first in Northern Ireland, in 1930-33 in exchange in Japan (qualified there as official interpreter). Now became interested in historical research. After a time in London in 1936-41 in Hong Kong, now worked as a spy advancing to Major. When Japanese took Hong Kong he became a prisoner of war, until 1945. In 1946-47 member of British Far Eastern Commission in Japan. Resigned in 1947 to become Camões Professor of Portuguese at King’s College. In 1951-53 Professor of the History of the Far East at S.O.A.S. Retired from London University in 1967 and went as visiting Professor to Indiana University. In 1969-72 Professor of the History of European Overseas Expansion at Yale. First married with Ursula Norah Anstice Tulloch, then in 1945 with Emily Hahn, two daughters with the second wife. Six hon. doctorates (Utrecht, Lisbon, Bahia, Liverpool, Hong Kong and Peradeniya) and other honours.
His main field of interest was the early Portuguese and Dutch intrusion in China and Japan, but he also included the same period of India.
Publications: A number of books on Far Eastern history, e.g. The Christian Century in Japan. 15+397 p. 139 pl. L. 1951.
– The Dutch Seaborne Empire 1600–1800. 26+326 p. L. 1965; The Portuguese Seaborne Empire 1415–1825. 26+456 p. 1969.
– Reviews and articles on South Asian history; Portuguese Conquest and Commerce in Southern Asia, 1500–1750. 312 p. 9 fig. Collected Studies Series 208. L. 1985.
Sources: *Bibliography, Portuguese Studies 17, 2001, 247-276; Wikipedia.
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