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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When the Opium War broke out in 1840, China entered its period of modern history. After the war, China signed a series of unequal treaties which almost reduced it to a colonized country under Western imperialist powers. Due to aggression from Western powers and the corruption of the Qing dynasty, the people yearned for a national revolution. Many important figures arose out of this national aspiration. It included Sun Yat-sen, Yuan Shikai, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who fought for power. China has gone through many challenging moments and events before arriving at what it is today. Chinese Modern History chronicles the events that occurred from 1840 to 1949, and the many important figures who changed the fate of modern China.
Just who are ‘the Malays’? This provocative study poses the question and considers how and why the answers have changed over time, and from one region to another. Anthony Milner develops a sustained argument about ethnicity and identity in an historical, ‘Malay’ context. The Malays is a comprehensive examination of the origins and development of Malay identity, ethnicity, and consciousness over the past five centuries.
- Covers the political, economic, and cultural development of the Malays
- Explores the Malay presence in Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, as well as the modern Malay show-state of Malaysia
- Offers diplomatic speculation about ways Malay ethnicity will develop and be challenged in the future
What would life in Singapore have been like if our forefathers had not persevered and imagined how they could make things better? If not for hard-working and enterprising individuals like Tan Kah Kee, Tan Tock Seng, Mohammed Eunos bin Abdullah, Naraina Pillai, P Govindasamy Pillai and Edwin Tessensohn, Singapore might not have turned out the way she did. This book pays tribute to these pioneers, showcasing their life and their achievements in an illustrated format.
We know him best as the founder of modern Singapore. He was instrumental in bringing about the island’s development into a free port. Yet, how much else do we know of the life of Sir Stamford Raffles? And what of his other achievements? For instance, few are aware of the following:
- He was from a poor family and had to leave school after just two years of study.
- At a young’s age, he became the main breadwinner for the family.
- He learnt to speak Malay at a time when few other English officials could speak the language.
- In Bencoolen, he liberated the African slaves imported by the the government and even built a school for their school.
Learn more about this pioneer orientalist, humanitarian and naturalist. Here, at last, is an insight into the public and private life of Raffles, a man of vision who was way ahead of his contemporaries in his thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.