List of Maps List of Figures Foreword by Carl A. Trocki Prologue Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Glossary of Asian-Language Terms Timeline 1. Let's Talk About 1819: Reorienting the National Narrative 2. The Idea of Singapore 3. Singapore Central: The Role of Location in Singapore's History 4. Governance in Premodern Singapore 5. Governance in Modern Singapore, 1867-1965 6. Governance in Independent Singapore 7. The Economy: Singapore, Still at the Centre 8. Making Modern Singaporeans: People, Society and Place Afterword Notes Bibliography Index
Comprehensive modern history of Singapore, from C16 to present.
Michael D. Barr is Associate Professor in International Relations, Flinders University, Australia. He has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is an Associate Editor of Asian Studies Review and the author of Cultural Politics and Asian Values, Paths Not Taken: Political Pluralism in Post-War Singapore (edited with C. Trocki), Constructing Singapore (with Z. Skrbis), Lee Kuan Yew, and The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence (I.B.Tauris).
`Michael Barr does the study of Singapore a great service with this
path-breaking book. He debunks the ascendant account of Singapore's
modern history to explain so much more about how and why this
city-state developed as it did. Barr breaks decisively from the
prevailing orthodoxy serving elite political interests to highlight
struggles, forces and dynamics fundamental in shaping modern
Singapore.' -- Garry Rodan, Professor of Politics and International
Studies, Murdoch University
`Michael Barr's "Modern History" of Singapore offers a refreshingly candid counter-narrative to "The Singapore Story". Broad, bold and brazen, Barr's self-consciously revisionist history of Singapore breaks away from the dominant meta-narrative of the Singapore state and its elites. It offers readers a succinct, thematic (and dramatic) history of Singapore that emphasises the continuities that transcend the "Founding moment" of 1819 and situate Singapore's growth and development within a larger regional and global framework. This is not a history for data-miners or squirrels of historical minutiae but for those who seek to better understand the land, idea and country that is Singapore.' -- Kevin YL Tan, Executive Editor, Asian Journal of Comparative Law and Professor (Adjunct), Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore