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Trocki, Carl A. (2006) Introduction. In Singapore : wealth, power and the culture of control. Routledge, United States of America, New York.

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Abstract

This history of Singapore is an attempt to connect the past of pirates, opium farmers, agency houses, coolies, and pepper and gambier with the present "clean, green" Singapore of Lee Kuan Yew, HDB flats, electronics industries and skyscrapers. The conflicts that had reverberated throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have surfaced since independence. These have persisted, despite the pacification of society that has come to characterize Singapore at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Aside from the introductory and concluding chapters, the body of this book is symmetrically divided into six paired chapters. The first three deal with the colonial era, essentially from 1819 (and a little before that) to 1945. The first chapter treats economics, the second society and the third, politics. The second three chapters deal with the same topics but in reverse order for the years since World War II. The second half of the book examines the efforts of Lee Kuan Yew, leader of the People's Action Party from 1959 to 1990, to produce major economic and social transformation. Singapore became a workers' paradise but paid for material advancement in intellectual and cultural sterility.

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ID Code: 8624
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: History, Asia, Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, Chinese, Southeast Asia
ISBN: 0-415-26386-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Routledge
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 22:51

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