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- Brenda Yeoh 'Over Singapore 50 years ago' (2007).
- J. Davison 'History of Singapore' (2007).
- Thomas Keneally 'The widow and her hero' (2007).
- Chee Kiong Tong 'Rationalizing religion' (2007).
- Yoji Akashi (ed), British Malaya and Singapore during the Japanese occuptation (2007).
- Peter Preston 'Singapore in the global system' (2007).
- Wijeysingha 'Social Engineering in Singapore' (2007).
- Yao 'Singapore (Asia’s transformations)' (2007).
- Aun Koh 'Singapore Chic' (2007).
- Angela Milligan 'Singapore, culture Smart!' (2006).
- Peter Neville 'The rose of Singapore' (2006).
- Colin Smith 'Singapore burning' (2005).
- J.G. Farell 'The Singapore grip' (2005).
- Dawn Mok 'Singapore cityscoops' (2005).
- Peter Thompson 'The battle for Singapore' (2005).
- Yoji Akashi 'British Malaya and Singapore during the Japanese occupation' (2005)
- Brenda Yeoh 'Contesting space in colonial Singapore' (2003).
- Chew Yen Fook and Iola Lenzi 'The magic of Singapore' (2003).
- Neil Humphrey 'Notes from an even smaller island' (2001).
- Julian Davison 'One for the road' (2001).
- Joann Meriwether Craig, 'Culture Shock! Singapore' (2001).
- Catherine Lim 'Following the wrong god home' (2001).
- Lee Kuan Yew 'From third world to first' (2000).
- Gretchen Liu 'Singapore, a pictorial history' (1999).
- Joseph Garber 'In a perfect state (1999).
- Francis T. Seow 'The media enthralled' (1998).
- Suchen Christine Lim 'A fistful of colours' (1993).
- C.M. Turnbull 'A history of Singapore' (1989).
- Louis l’Amour 'West from Singapore' (1987 reissue).
- Alex Josey 'Lee Kuan Yew' (1974).
- Paul Theroux 'Saint Jack' (1973). In 1979 verfilmd.
- J.G. Farell, the Singapore Grip (1978/2005).
- Paul Theroux 'Sinning with Annie and other stories' (1972)
- Gwenn R. Boardman 'Living in Singapore' (1971).
- Masanobu Tsuji 'Singapore – the Japanese version' (1960).
Investigating the question of what happens to Asian cultures when traditions of the village break down and are replaced by the complexities of the modern world, the author's travels took him from Burma to Japan, via Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The history of Singapore dates to the 11th century. The island rose in importance during the 14th century under the rule of Srivijayan prince Parameswara and became an important port until it was destroyed by Acehnese raiders in 1613. The modern history of Singapore began in 1819 when Englishman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles established a British port on the island. Under British colonial rule, it grew in importance as a centre for both the India-China trade and the entrepôt trade in Southeast Asia, rapidly becoming a major port city.
During World War II, Singapore was conquered and occupied by the Japanese Empire from 1942 to 1945. When the war ended, Singapore reverted to British control, with increasing levels of self-government being granted, culminating in Singapore's merger with the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia in 1963. However, social unrest and disputes between Singapore's ruling People's Action Party and Malaysia's Alliance Party resulted in Singapore's separation from Malaysia. Singapore became an independent republic on 9 August 1965.
Facing severe unemployment and a housing crisis, Singapore embarked on a modernisation programme that focused on establishing a manufacturing industry, developing large public housing estates and investing heavily on public education. Since independence, Singapore's economy has grown by an average of nine percent each year. By the 1990s, the country had become one of the world's most prosperous nations, with a highly developed free market economy, strong international tradinglinks, and the highest per capita gross domestic product in Asia outside of Japan.