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Great Empires Of Asia, TheGreat Empires Of Asia, The by Masselos, Jim (Ed.)

Asian empires led the world economically, scientifically and culturally for hundreds of years, and posed a constant challenge to the countries of Europe. How and why did those empires gain such power, and lose it? What legacies did they leave? This major book brings together a team of distinguished historians and 200 illustrations to survey seven great Asian empires that rose and fell between 800 CE and the mid-20th century: the Mongol Empire, Ming Dynasty of China, Khmer Empire, Ottoman Empire, Safavid Empire of Persia, Mughal Empire of India and the Meiji Restoration in Japan.

Seven Hundred Years: A History Of SingaporeSeven Hundred Years: A History Of Singapore by Kwa Chong Guan; D. Heng; P. Borschberg; T. Yong

Assessments of Singapore's history invariably revolve around Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival in 1819. This ambitious book, co-written by four of Singapore's foremost historians, offers an assertive re-evaluation of that view and instead firmly situates Singapore's starting point to seven hundred years ago. Drawing from the latest archaeological discoveries and an extensive range of archival, textual and cartographical records, the authors cast a singular historical trajectory for Singapore over the past seven centuries and animate its history like never before. Written in a compelling and accessible manner, and richly illustrated with more than 200 artefacts, photographs, maps, artwork and ephemera, this is a highly original work that widens the historical lens and provides a vital new perspective to the story of Singapore.

General History Of The Chinese In Singapore, AGeneral History Of The Chinese In Singapore, A by Kwa Chong Guan & Kua Bak Lim (Eds.)

The book documents over 700 years of Singapore's history from her early years, even before Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival. More specifically, it documents the life and development of the Chinese community in Singapore, as well as the role of the Chinese community in growing the nation's economic, societal, cultural and even political scenes.With 'Pride in our Past, Legacy for our Future' as its key objective, this book aims to preserve the Singapore Chinese story, history and heritage for future generations, as well as keep our cultures and traditions alive. Therefore, the book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners to have an epitome of the Singapore society.

General History Of The Chinese In Singapore, AGeneral History Of The Chinese In Singapore, A by Kwa Chong Guan & Kua Bak Lim (Eds.)

The book documents over 700 years of Singapore's history from her early years, even before Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival. More specifically, it documents the life and development of the Chinese community in Singapore, as well as the role of the Chinese community in growing the nation's economic, societal, cultural and even political scenes.With 'Pride in our Past, Legacy for our Future' as its key objective, this book aims to preserve the Singapore Chinese story, history and heritage for future generations, as well as keep our cultures and traditions alive. Therefore, the book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for Singaporeans, new immigrants and foreigners to have an epitome of the Singapore society.

Sir Stamford Raffles And Some Of His Friends And Contemporaries: A Memoir Of The Founder Of SingaporeSir Stamford Raffles And Some Of His Friends And Contemporaries: A Memoir Of The Founder Of Singapore by Bastin, John

This publication is a biographical account of the founder of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles, through a study of the lives of his closest friends and contemporaries. Some of the personalities featured include William Brown Ramsay, John Leyden and Thomas Horsfield.

On Air: Untold Stories From Caldecott HillOn Air: Untold Stories From Caldecott Hill by Yeo, George (Foreword)

This collection of 51 essays contains rich memories by the pioneers of Singapore's early media at their broadcasting station at Caldecott Hill. It captures the breadth and depth of life-long experiences of broadcasters over 82 years on the Hill; from the founding of the British Malayan Broadcasting Corporation in 1936 to Radio and Television Singapore (RTS) to Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), and finally to what is today Mediacorp. In this book, the authors have recorded many decades worth of work experience and have shared untold stories - from the Japanese Occupation of Caldecott Hill, to the changing faces of broadcasting to the move to Mediapolis at North Buona Vista in 2017. Illustrated with rare, archival photographs, many not seen before.

Jalan Singapura: 700 Years Of Movement InsingaporeJalan Singapura: 700 Years Of Movement Insingapore by Teo, Eisen

This book sheds new light on Singapore history through its land transport networks, and urban and traffic patterns. From horse carriages to subway trains, dirt tracks to million-dollar expressways, ancient attap villages to glass-and-steel waterfronts, the movement of a people has shaped Singapore's present - and illuminates its future.

Fall Of Singapore, The: The Battle For Malaya 1941-1942Fall Of Singapore, The: The Battle For Malaya 1941-1942 by Corfield, Justin

The Japanese invasion of Malaya in December 1941 is one of the more heavily studied military campaigns in World War II. It has led to much controversy over how the British, Australian and Indian troops, well-prepared and numerically superior to their Japanese opponents, could so quickly lose the initiative, and then slowly and inexorably lose the campaign. With reinforcements arriving throughout much of the fighting, Arthur Percival, the British commander, was unwilling to risk his forces in a single battle which would determine the victor. After the Allied success at Kampar, followed by a withdrawal, the disaster at Slim River led to the Japanese outmanoeuvring their opponents in Johore, leading to the final battle in Singapore. As well as using accounts by many of the major participants, The Fall of Singapore incorporates recent research and thinking, also showing the effects of the fighting on the many Chinese, Malay and Indian civilians - so often neglected in military histories.

Between The Lines: The Chinese Cartoon Revolution by

A collaboration between Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and the Memorial Museum of 1911 Revolution in Guangzhou, Between the Lines - The Chinese Cartoon Revolution examines the links between the 1911 Revolution in China and the emergence of Chinese cartoons in Singapore. Through satirical sketches, early Chinese cartoonists captured a declining China in the late 19th century and used them as weapons against a corrupt regime. The exhibition showcases close to 150 Chinese cartoons, as well as related artefacts and images from Singapore and China, between the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century to trace the history and development of local Chinese cartoons.

France: A History From Gaul To De GaulleFrance: A History From Gaul To De Gaulle by Norwich, John Julius

From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better.

Arc Of Containment: Britain, The United States And Anticommunism In Southeast AsiaArc Of Containment: Britain, The United States And Anticommunism In Southeast Asia by Ngoei Wen-Qing

Arc of Containment recasts the history of American empire in Southeast and East Asia from WWII through the end of U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Setting aside the classic story of anxiety about falling dominoes, Wen-Qing Ngoei articulates a new history premised on sure containment guaranteed by Anglo-American cooperation. He argues that anticommunist nationalism in Southeast Asia intersected with local antipathy toward China to usher the region from European colonialism to U.S. hegemony. Central to this assessment is the place of British power and the effects of direct neocolonial military might, as well as less overt cultural influences based in decades of colonial rule. Also essential to the analysis is the considerable influence of Southeast Asian actors.

Tramways Of Hong Kong, The: A History In PicturesTramways Of Hong Kong, The: A History In Pictures by Waller, Peter

For more than a century, trams have plied their trade along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island. During that time, they have witnessed the transformation of the local economy from a colonial backwater to the massive financial centre that is the modern city. Today, Hong Kong trams still provide a vital public service, carrying vast numbers of passengers daily to and from their work or shops, and Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world where it is still possible to ride on the top deck of a double-deck tram. This album explores the history of the tramways of Hong Kong Island through the 20th century. Drawing upon a fascinating selection of photographs, most of which have never been published before, it traces the evolution of the streetscape over that period.

History Of Wireless Telegraphy In British North Borneo, TheHistory Of Wireless Telegraphy In British North Borneo, The by Uwe Aranas

This book provides an account of the development of communications in North Borneo from the overland telegraph lines, built with great difficulties and expense through the forests of the interior to connect the East Coast to the West Coast, and via the submarine cable terminal in Labuan, to the outside world at the end of the 19th century, to its replacement with wireless technology in 1915. The author closely examined the relevant British North Borneo Company documents held in the British National Archives at Kew and the Sabah State Archives in Kota Kinabalu. He also extracted information from Telefunken and other archive material held in Germany, and conducted on-site field investigations and identified some remnants of the wireless stations that have survived buried in the grass for a hundred years. The book concludes with the destruction of the wireless stations during the Second World War and gives an account of the restoration of the communications services in the post-war era of North Borneo.

Civilisational And Cultural Heritage Of Iran And The Malay World, The: A Cultural DiscourseCivilisational And Cultural Heritage Of Iran And The Malay World, The: A Cultural Discourse by Syed Farid Alatas; Abdolreza Alami (Eds.)

The development of Islamic civilisation in the various regions of the world was, and is, a complex process which has attracted the attention of many researchers. The Muslim world has a mesmerising diversity of cultures, languages, ethnicities, and religious sects, and yet cannot be looked upon except through the lens of unity, a principle which lies at the heart of the Islamic religion. This is true despite the sectarianism that afflicts Muslims today. The chapters in this volume aim to chronicle this unity in diversity of the Islamic world with a focus on the historical relations and interactions between the Persian and Malay world, Persian linguistic influence on the Malay language, the impact of Persian music in the Malay world, Sufi connections between the Iranian and Malay worlds, the Persian roots of classical Malay political thought, representations of Iran in Malaysia, and the importance of cultural dialogue between the Persian and Malay worlds.

Class, Race & Colonialism In Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History Of Malaysian IndiansClass, Race & Colonialism In Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History Of Malaysian Indians by Stenson, Michael

Michael Stenson offers the authoritative political history of ethnic Indians in colonial and early post-colonial Malaya. Rejecting the plural society approach, he discusses relevant aspects of the political economy of colonial Malaya, including its class structure, the organisation of labour, its place in the world economy and importance to the British empire. Stenson links British policies to the exploitation and impoverishment of mainly Indian workers. He outlines how Malaysia's post-colonial ruling elite perpetuated communal divisions in furthering ethno-populisms in defence of their own interests. Now republished with an Afterword by V. Selvaratnam, Stenson's historical insights remain relevant in the face of the continuing, but nonetheless changing plight of the vast working-class majority of Malaysian Indians.

Pulp Ii: A Short Biography Of The Banished Book (Volume Ii Of V)Pulp Ii: A Short Biography Of The Banished Book (Volume Ii Of V) by Rao, Shubigi

Writer and artist Shubigi Rao has been working on 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book', a ten-year long film, book, visual art, and exhaustive research project about the history of book destruction, censorship and cultural genocide, as well as the book as symbol and resistance. Travelling and filming solo across the world, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, and buried secrets, she visits public and private collections, libraries and archives, institutions and individuals that have served as flashpoints in history. Volume II is a visual bibliography of primary and other sources, a recognition of oral testimonies and print, or film as document.

Raffles In Southeast Asia: Revisiting The Scholar And StatesmanRaffles In Southeast Asia: Revisiting The Scholar And Statesman by Murphy, Stephen ; Naomi Wang; A. Green

Sir Stamford Raffles is known for establishing Singapore as a British port, as the author of The History of Java, and as a collector of natural history and cultural materials. Opinions have changed over time: he has been viewed as a scholarly expert on the region, a progressive reformer, a committed imperialist, and even a plagiariser. This catalogue accompanies the Raffles in Southeast Asia exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, which was co-curated with the British Museum. It shows that Raffles' legacy is more complex than often understood. The catalogue contains five essays, dealing with Raffles collecting in Southeast Asia - what he did and didn't collect and why, the history of his reputation, and the politics and art of Java and the region before and during Raffles time, and full-colour illustrations of all the exhibited objects.

Islam, Humanity And The Indonesian Identity Reflections On HistoryIslam, Humanity And The Indonesian Identity Reflections On History by Ahmad Syafii Maarif

Islam exists in global history with its richly variegated cultural and social realities. When these specific cultural contexts are marginalized, Islam is reduced to an ahistorical religion without the ability to contribute to humanity. This limited understanding of Islam has been a contributing factor in many of the violent conflicts in the present day. Reflecting on Islam in Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy, supporting the largest Muslim population, Ahmad Syafii Maarif argues for an understanding that is both faithful to Islam's essential teachings and open to constantly changing social and cultural contexts. Building on this, he then addresses critical contemporary issues such as democracy, human rights, religious freedom, the status of women, and the future of Islam. Syafii Maarif's insights offer inspiration to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #22: The Perak Sultanate: Transitioning Into The 21St CenturyTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #22: The Perak Sultanate: Transitioning Into The 21St Century by Andaya, Barbara Watson

Although Dr Mahathir Mohamad's earlier government (1981-2003) limited the powers and privileges of Malaysia's nine hereditary rulers, the political influence that they could exercise was still evident in the "Perak Crisis" of 2009, which also generated public debate about royal rights. In recent years, public wariness in Malaysia about politicians has helped the rulers present themselves as alternative sources of authority. "Monarchical activism" has been especially evident in the state of Perak, dating from 1984 when Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, who was until then Malaysia's Lord President, was installed as the thirty-fourth ruler. In 2014, he was succeeded by his eldest son, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. This paper argues that although Sultan Azlan Shah and Sultan Nazrin Shah have embraced the idea of a "new" Malaysian monarchy that actively responds to changing political and social contexts, two issues with especial relevance to the situation today can be tracked through the history of Perak's royal line since its inception in the sixteenth century. The first, arguably now of lesser importance, concerns royal succession. The second issue, still highly important, involves the ruler's relationships with non-royal officials and with elected representatives and the public at large.

Once Upon A Singapore...TradersOnce Upon A Singapore...Traders by Sim, Tina; Alan Bay

While flipping through Grandpa's photo album of his childhood days, Aloysius and Grandpa are magically transported to 1900s Singapore. Aloysius, having grown up in a world of iPhones and movie theatres, finds himself in a foreign land, where cinemas travel around on wheels and letters take two weeks to arrive! With Grandpa as his tour guide, Aloysius travels around olden Singapore and meets traders who once did a roaring trade - and provided invaluable service to their communities - but are now vanishing. What else will Aloysius discover during this journey? How will experiencing the past change Aloysius? Will he find out how naughty Grandpa was at his age?