SINGAPORE (1824-1958) : THIS IS MY ISLAND IN THE SUN

Talib, Shaharil (1995) SINGAPORE (1824-1958) : THIS IS MY ISLAND IN THE SUN. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 1 (1).

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Abstract

There is much literature glorifying the success-story of contemporary Singapore. This tendency permeates much of the historical studies on the island. Each historical period eulogies its founders and achievements and each succeeding generation of researchers further add on to that edifice. The corpus of writings on the histories of Singapore celebrates its successes and general material advances. It is the contemporary success of the ever continuing Singapore's showcase experience that governs historical enquiry. There are only a few brave ones that dare expose the underside of Singapore's social history. The dialogue and debates in the historiography revolve around the yet unresolved arbitrary measurements of social success and failures. Any attempt to shift the paradigm and demystify the historical literature has to return to the fundamentals that made Singapore.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SINGAPORE 1824-1958, CONTEMPORARY SINGAPORE, HISTORY OF SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE SOCIAL HISTORY
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Depositing User: MS NOR SUZIEYANA ABDUL MAJID
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2013 03:58
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 03:58
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/921

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