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Singapore A Very Short History: From Temasek To Tomorrow

October 21, 2019 Architecture / History / GeneralAsian Culture & HistoryAsian Writing

By Alvin Tan
ISBN 9789811433481
198 X 129 mm
Paperback; 192 pages
Pub Date: November 2019

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 allimportant 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.

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Singapore Good Class Bungalow 1819 – 2015 (PB)

April 5, 2019 Architecture / History / General

by Robert Powell | photography by Albert Lim KS
ISBN 9789811408441
280 x 260mm
Paperback; 216 pages
Pub Date: April 2019

Singapore Good Class Bungalow traces the development of stand-alone residential architecture in Singapore from its early days as a colony to the present. Expertly researched by noted academic and author Robert Powell, it is also a partial history of the architectural profession in Singapore, mentioning many of its eminent practitioners and their works. Alongside the iconic Singapore Shophouse and the ‘Black and White’ house... ...

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The Singapore House & Residential Life 1819 – 1939 (PB)

April 5, 2019 Architecture / History / GeneralAsian Culture & History

by Norman Edwards
ISBN 9789811408458
280 x 195mm
Paperback; 208 pages
Pub Date: May 2019

The Singapore House is not just a building; it is a cultural phenomenon. Culture means ordinary everyday values‹attitudes, beliefs, ideas and heritage. These apply to the cultural landscape of which the house forms a part and is particularly applicable to a fast-growing metropolis like Singapore that has changed immeasurably in recent years. Setting the scene for this newly presented edition of The Singapore House & Residential Life 1819–1939, Edwards addresses the house’s unique nature... ...

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The Romance of the Grand Tour: 100 years of Travel in South East Asia (PB)

April 5, 2019 Architecture / History / GeneralAsian Culture & HistoryAsian WritingTravel

by Kennie Ting
ISBN 9789811408465
280 x 242mm
Paperback; 208 pages
Pub Date: May 2019

Celebrating a “golden age” of travel, this book retraces the steps of a Grand Tour of South East Asia from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. The Romance of the Grand Tour explores the living heritage of 12 exotic port cities... ....

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The Fall of Singapore: The Battle for Malaya 1841–1842

April 4, 2019 Architecture / History / GeneralAsian Culture & HistoryPolitics / Current Affairs

by Justin Corfield
ISBN 9789811408175
238 x 165mm
Paperback; 156 pages
Pub Date: April 2019

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...

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