Singapore: A Very Short History, From Temasek to Tomorrow
Paperback, 208 pages
Singapore: A Very Short History - From Temasek to Tomorrow is a fresh, new, and highly-readable account of Singapore's history. It is a sweeping story of discovery, abandonment, rediscovery and development of what is today one of the world's greatest port-cities. Brief as this account may be, it incorporates all the latest research and findings about Singapore's past, and weaves a concise yet coherent and comprehensive account of the island over the last 700 years. Beyond familiar foundational myths and stories, this new account weaves Singapore's story on a wide tapestry - through a cast of princes, sultans, colonial administrators, occupiers community leaders and politicians - and tells the tale of how they struggled to answer that all- important question: How do we make this island succeed?
Two recurrent themes emerge from this gripping account. First, that Singapore was an unlikely or accidental nation-state; and second, that given its vulnerability to wider regional and international forces, it survived and flourished only because it was able to constantly change and adapt to make itself useful and relevant to the world. And what of tomorrow? Will Singapore survive?
This book is a hopeful response to these questions.
• Fate & Fleeting Fortunes c. 13th century–early 19th century
• Decisive Moments 1819–1826
• A Whole New World 1826–1900
• Decline & Fall 1900–1941
• Syonan 1942–1945
• The Contest 1945–1959
• Becoming Singapore 1959–1965
• ’We, the Citizens of Singapore’ 1965–2015 (New chapter)
• ’To Achieve Happiness, Prosperity and Progress’ 1965–2015