Singapore: The Unexpected Nation

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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.


PDF e-book files for this publication are available as detailed below.

Singapore: The Unexpected Nation [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-230-797-2] 32.00 USD
Preliminary pages with Introduction by Wang Gungwu Download
1. Beginnings: From Temasek to Singapore 5.00 USD
2. Race, History and Nationalism 5.00 USD
3. Contestants and Contesting Visions 5.00 USD
4. The Accidental Chief Minister 5.00 USD
5. The Terminal Chief Minister 5.00 USD
6. The Embattled Prime Minister 5.00 USD
7. Merger: Contesting Ownership and Principles 5.00 USD
8. Terms of Disendearment 5.00 USD
9. Dare to be Equal 5.00 USD
10. The Way to Survive 5.00 USD
11. National Service: The Price of Independence 5.00 USD
12. Politics of Education 5.00 USD
13. Home Ownership, National Stability and the New Middle Classes 5.00 USD
14. University and Nation 5.00 USD
15. Toh's Nation-Building Thrust 5.00 USD
16. Nantah: Between Community and Nation 5.00 USD
17. Self-Renewal: Talents for a Tough Act 5.00 USD
18. The Consensual Prime Minister 5.00 USD
19. Confucianism, Christianity, Chineseness 5.00 USD
20. Singapore Dreams, Singapore Dilemmas 5.00 USD
21. The Hyphenated Singaporean 5.00 USD
22. The Unexpected Nation 5.00 USD
Bibliographical Note Download
Index Download
The Author Download

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