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Introduction

Jeff Mielke

in Homer Lea

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126166
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126166.003.0001
Introduction

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Homer Lea was a five-foot, three-inch hunchback whose career was stranger than those found in fictional romantic stories. He was known as a mysterious adventurer, author, and geopolitical strategist, and this created for him a role in the world. Lea began his adventures in 1900 after dropping out of Stanford University and went to China during the Boxer Rebellion where he became the ultimate and trusted personal military consultant to Chinese revolutionary leader, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. During his stay in China, Lea started to write and then soon became recognized as a prominent geopolitical and military strategist. In 1912, Homer Lea died due to his health condition but his short life and writings left an insightful imprint on the era's history. After his death, his writings were intentionally destroyed for the protection of his associates against possible legal prosecution.

Keywords: Homer Lea; hunchback; fiction; geopolitical strategist; Boxer Rebellion; Stanford University

Chapter.  2280 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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