Language : English
Published : 2018-10-15
Pages : 452
Studying Singapore Before 1800
Historians rely on Singapore’s strategic position to explain its great success as a royal trading port in the 14th century, and as a British colony after 1819. What, then, accounts for the many centuries when it seemed not to thrive, and was seen in the words of John Crawfurd as “only the occasional resort of pirates”? This seeming paradox sits uneasily at the heart of Singapore historiography, and over time historians have suggested a variety of ways to resolve it. This volume collects studies about Singapore before 1800, bringing together different efforts across the 20th century at reconstructing Singapore’s “missing years”. Some authors have found additional details by scouring ancient and early modern texts for references to Singapore, and by reading well-known classics such as the Sejarah Melayu against the grain. Others have built narratives that bridge preand post-1800 perspectives by positioning Singapore within long-term global history. These efforts have yielded a much richer understanding of Singapore’s changing fortunes before 1800. The articles collected in this volume represent key milestones in this effort. Many are hard to locate, and two pieces are translated from Dutch to English for the first time. They are presented here with an introduction from historian Kwa Chong Guan.
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Nelson Connect with History for the Australian Curriculum Year 7 is the first in a series of four books that address the new Junior National History Curriculum. The student book is structured to facilitate the pedagogy of the Australian Curriculum for junior history within the context of world history. This is the Teacher’s Edition of the text. It contains the same content as the student book with additional page-by-page wraparound information to assist teachers with lesson planning and instruction. The Year 7 text covers the period from the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period. Students will discover all about the ancient world, what we know and what we do not know about the ancient past through engaging site studies and history mysteries, why and where did the earliest societies develop and what were the defining characteristics of these emerging ancient societies. The student will come to know about the legacies of these ancient societies and in doing so, make connections with the past. Visual timelines are a feature of the book and are highly effective in illustrating key points. The depth studies allow the student to focus on an ancient society of choice to discover how people lived in these times, what type of clothes and what kind of jewellery they wore, how they practiced their religious beliefs, how they were governed, what they built and ultimately how they fought and what were the lasting legacies these societies left behind today. Contact your local sales representative for more information about this product.
This exemplary work of international collaboration takes a comparative approach to the histories of Northeast and Southeast Asia, with contributions from scholars from Japan, Korea and the Englishspeaking academic world. The new scholarship represented by this volume demonstrates that the vast and growing commercial interactions between the countries of eastern Asia have long historical roots. The so-called “opening” to Western trade in the mid-nineteenth century, which is typically seen as the beginning of this process, is shown to be rather the reversal of a relatively temporary phase of state consolidation in the long eighteenth century.
In this important new book, High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programs circulate around the question of what is lacking. Far from rational responses to measures of need, then, the politics of poverty are unconscious, culturally expressed, mutually contradictory, and sometimes contrary to self-interest.
Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High’s account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the “post-rebellious” moment in contemporary Laos.