Singapore: The Unexpected Nation

Singapore: The Unexpected Nation
Date of publication:  2008
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  708
Code:  BM341
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789812307958
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"The book is useful most directly to those interested in the recent history of Singapore, as the several chapters include helpful background and insights into government policies regarding national development and factors behind the country's economic growth and competitiveness. Written in an approachable style, this book will be useful to undergraduate audiences" (CHOICE).

About the publication

This book deals with Singapore's transition from a British Crown Colony to a state in the Federation of Malaysia, and expulsion from the Federation to become a separate independent nation. For the leaders of Singapore's PAP Government, Malaysia was a traumatic experience. Yet, but for it, they might never have found the resolve and the secret of building this extraordinary nation, this nation based on Singapore alone that they and an entire generation had once believed an impossibility.
           This story of nation-building deals with topics on national (army) service, economic development, education in schools and in universities, housing and home ownership. It deals also with issues of ethnicity and national identity in the context of challenges from within and without, in the latter case from globalization and global Islamism.


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