Singapore A Biography The cityscape of modern Singapore is in a constant flux all in the name of development and progress A sense of the physical past is consequently imited This new work based on research done in collab

  • Title: Singapore: A Biography
  • Author: Mark Ravinder Frost Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
  • ISBN: 9789814217620
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The cityscape of modern Singapore is in a constant flux, all in the name of development and progress A sense of the physical past is consequently imited This new work, based on research done in collaboration with curators of the National Museum, seeks to invigorate links to Singapore s past by weaving a cohesive narrative out of fragments of eyewitness accounts, correspoThe cityscape of modern Singapore is in a constant flux, all in the name of development and progress A sense of the physical past is consequently imited This new work, based on research done in collaboration with curators of the National Museum, seeks to invigorate links to Singapore s past by weaving a cohesive narrative out of fragments of eyewitness accounts, correspondences and descriptions Taking readers through the earliest Ming dynasty Chinese accounts of the island, the founding of modern Singapore, its growth as an emporium and port city, the Japanese occupation, and finally self determination and independence, this book lets the experiences of historical individuals speak to a modern audience, allowing them to reconnect with and find meaning in the past.

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    1. Back in high school, we had to make a decision at the end of our second year as to which humanities subjects - literature, geography or history - we wished to continue with in our third and fourth year. Choosing to drop history from the list was a no-brainer for me. I loathed the dry history textbook that seemed little more than a collection of meaningless dates and supposedly seminal events that seemed irrelevant to me a few decades after they'd first taken place.I dare say that if Singapore: A [...]


    2. The perfect book if you want to find out about Singapore in story telling manner. it is a breezy read covering they city state's history from 1300s to 1900s. the personal stories provide an interesting perspective of how life was lived in different era, without neglecting the major historical events.


    3. I loved this work. Reading on my own country's history has never felt more delightful. Most of SG history started from 1965 - as though nothing happened before then. This text not only covers 1819, but most of all, way before that, as early as 1300s. I have read other texts detailing this portion of SG history but never have I encountered such detailed and multi faceted work on this area. I have recommended this text to my friends, for themselves, and for their children, our future generation.


    4. A fascinating and illuminating read on Singapore from pre-1819, to Raffles' scheming and founding of Singapore to the Japanese invasion and occupation, to the roots of merdaka after the Rendell Commission, to the independence struggle among the colonialists, communists and nationalists.The well-researched book is seldom dry, and often exciting to read with its story-telling style. For example, the chapter of the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Singapore, "Fortress December 1941 - February 1942", [...]


    5. Great overview of the history of Singapore, using lots of eyewitness accounts and photos. Would have been better if the book had devoted another chapter to Singapore today and spoke about the current attitudes of Singaporeans to major themes throughout the book such as their relationship with Malaysians, the British, Japanese and Chinese rather than letting events of the 1960/70s have the last word.


    6. Provides the full depth of a serious historical study with a sense of narrative and place uncommon to similar books. this is perhaps the result of co-authorship between a museum/public history oriented historian and a travel journalist. Absolute must read for anyone interested in the history of Singapore, or East Asian history generally.


    7. The authors made a glaring error early in the book when they stated Europeans used spices to cover up the taste of spoiling food. This storyline has long been debunked. For me then, every historical fact or claim they made was suspect.Otherwise, I would have given this book 5 stars. It's an excellent read.


    8. Excellent review, readable, with a lot of pictures, objective. A pity it ends in 1965. Has strengthened my interest to live in Singapore someday.




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