Two hundred years after Singapore’s foundation by Stamford Raffles in 1819, this book reflects on the historical development of the city, putting forward much new research and new thinking. It discusses Singapore’s emergence as a regional economic hub, explores its strategic importance and considers its place in the development of the British Empire. Subjects covered include the city’s initial role as a strategic centre to limit the resurgence of Dutch power in Southeast Asia after the Napoleonic Wars, the impact of the Japanese occupation, and the reasons for Singapore’s exit from the Malaysian Federation in 1965. The book concludes by examining how Singapore’s history is commemorated at present, reinforcing the image of the city as prosperous, peaceful and forward looking, and draws out the lessons which history can provide concerning the city’s likely future development.

chapter 1|10 pages


Situating Singapore’s success
Edited ByAnthony Webster, Nicholas J. White

part I|106 pages

Singapore – growth, trade & economy

chapter 2|17 pages

The origins of Singapore’s economic prosperity, c. 1800–1874

ByAtsushi Kobayashi

chapter 3|16 pages

Made in Singapore

‘Good Steady Scotsmen’, the Lion City and London, 1820s–1870s
ByG. Roger Knight

chapter 4|15 pages

Trade, finance, and the ‘Anglo-Dutch’ international order in Southeast Asia

The case of the British Eastern exchange banks, 1870–1890
ByTomotaka Kawamura

chapter 6|16 pages

Singapore during the World War II Japanese occupation

ByGregg Huff, Gillian Huff

chapter 7|21 pages

The economics of Singapore’s exit from Malaysia 1

Edited ByNicholas J. White

part II|123 pages

Singapore – politics, culture & identity

chapter 9|15 pages

Mediators, migrants and memories of colonial Singapore

The life and legacy of Seah Eu Chin
ByStan Neal

chapter 10|17 pages

Liverpool in the relational remaking of Singapore

Global city routes and Malay seafaring mobilities
ByTim Bunnell

chapter 11|16 pages

Experts in the making of Singapore

ByKah Seng Loh

chapter 13|21 pages

Temasek, Singapore and modern national identity construction

ByJohn Miksic

chapter 14|19 pages

Stamford Raffles and James Brooke

Colonial legacies and (post)colonial tourism?
ByDonna Brunero