Charles Ralph Boxer 1904–2000

M. D. D. Newitt

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 115 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, I

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262788
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754210 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Charles Ralph Boxer 1904–2000

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Charles Boxer, the most distinguished scholar of seventeenth-century Portuguese and Dutch colonial history of his generation, was a Fellow of the British Academy. He had been an army officer and in 1930 was seconded to the Far East as a language officer to specialise in Japanese. Boxer combined his duties with scholarly study and survived imprisonment by the Japanese during World War II. After the War, he held the Camõese Chair of Portuguese at King's College London. Boxer's most influential book was Race Relations in the Portuguese Colonial Empire 1415–1825. Obituary by M.D.D. Newitt.

Keywords: Charles Boxer; FBA; Portuguese colonial empire; race relations; British Academy; World War II; Camõese Chair; M.D.D. Newitt

Chapter.  10583 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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