A Truly British Samurai – The Exceptional Charles Boxer

A Truly British Samurai – The Exceptional Charles Boxer
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Professional soldier, spy, linguist, traveller, international lover, prisoner of war and prolific chronicler of history: Much was written about Charles Boxer following his death in 2000...
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Professional soldier, spy, linguist, traveller, international lover, prisoner of war and prolific chronicler of history: Much was written about Charles Boxer following his death in 2000. However, what was not widely known was that in the early 20th century he was one of the very first British practitioners of kendo-Japanese fencing. A Truly British Samurai: The Exceptional Charles Boxer (1904-2000) gives a fascinating insight into the life of this extraordinary man, from his secondment to the Japanese army as a Language Officer, kendo training and life in Japan, time spent as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II, academic career and private life. With contributions from family and friends, this book not only gives an account of Charles Boxer the man, but also of kendo in pre-War Japan in which he was immersed.

Contents

Introduction
CHAPTER 1: Boxer in Japan
CHAPTER 2: The School of Really Hard Knocks
CHAPTER 3: Boxer as a Fencer
CHAPTER 4: Back to Dear Old Blighty
CHAPTER 5: To Hell and Back
CHAPTER 6: Post War Boxer
CHAPTER 7: Charles and Mickey from Summer to Eternity
CHAPTER 8: Boxer’s “Ototo-deshi”
Final Closure
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
References and Principle Sources