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Singapore - by Michael D Barr (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 296

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Asia

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: Southeast Asia

Author: Michael D Barr

Language: English

TCIN: 78867096
UPC: 9781350133877
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-7477


"In this well-researched and clearly argued book, the highly respected Australian scholar Barr (Flinders Univ., Australia) challenges the entire "Singapore Story" through a thematically organized revisionist history of Singapore from its earliest times into the 21st century ... Barr builds his argument on extensive archival research and mastery of secondary scholarly and popular publications, including government-issued textbooks that promulgate the official "Singapore Story." Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - CHOICE

"Dr. Barr is a very talented writer. His intellect and more nuanced perspectives come through in this book, in which the content dives deep into Singapore's history from a political, geographic, and economic view ... If you want a very real and well-researched academic historical book, don't miss out on this one!" - Singapore Politics: Blog

'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

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