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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Singapore University Press; Revised edition edition (15 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9971693437
  • ISBN-13: 978-9971693435
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.M. TURNBULL was Honorary Professor in the School of Humanities and Honorary Research Fellow at the Center of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony on 8 July 2011
Format: Paperback
In Singapore, history officially begins in 1819 with the purchase of the island by Stamford Raffles.

What I found extremely difficult to obtain is a complete history of Singapore with a comprehensive account of one of the World's phenomena in terms of one of the most prosperous and successful city state sin history. Most histories treat Singapore merely as an adjunct to histories of Malaya or South East Asia generally. The only alternative to find a history of Singapore is the autobiography of Lee Kuan Yew which naturally views Siongapore through the eyes of one very influential individual.

This History is a comperhensive account of Singapore from the unbiased position of a leading expert of the region. While occasionally Turnbull chooses her words and interpretations carefully to avoid ocnflict with the regime this is a fascinating story to read and fully discusses all the leading characters and their actions in the formation of modern Singapopre.

It is essential reading for anyone who goes to live and work in Singapore and gives the reader a deep understanding of the currents and tensions which exist in this dynamic and exciting community. As someone who has experienced the delights of living in this isalnd and city state it was a delight to have such a reference
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The Definitive History of Singapore 26 Dec 2012
By Samuel J. Sharp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a scholarly history that very carefully covers numerous topics in lengthy chapters. This is the definitive work of Singapore history, and Turnbull is the subject of the forthcoming book "Studying Singapore's Past" on the historiography of Singapore. Turnbull tells Singapore's remarkable story, from the excitement of colonial times to the horrors of the Japanese occupation, with appropriate detail and authority. The Further Reading section in the back of the book is an excellent annotated bibliography that provides a wealth of material for those interested in individual aspects of Singapore's history.

This is a newly revised edition of the book that first appeared in 1977, and independent Singapore does not appear until page 299. Unfortunately, the broad focus of the early chapters is somewhat absent, and the last two chapters are heavily focused on the careers of individual politicians. Topics like education and economics are touched on briefly, but the history of the People's Action Party really dominates the last third of the book. I was also disappointed that there was no coverage of fiscal policy. Turnbull briefly discusses how the PAP invested heavily in schools and infrastructure following independence, but figures are sparse, and Turnbull never mentions tax policy or budget matters. Neither of Singapore's large sovereign wealth funds Temasek or GIC were ever mentioned. These complaints are very minor considering how well the preceding eight chapters cover Singapore's past. This is a must read for those interested in the subject.
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