1819 & Before: Singapore’s Pasts

1819 & Before: Singapore’s Pasts

by Kwa Chong Guan

The essays published here began as a series of lectures commemorating the bicentennial of Thomas Stamford Raffles’s establishment of a British Station in 1819. The essays draw on thirty-five years of archaeological investigations on and around Fort Canning, new readings of the Malay Annals, early Chinese records reporting Singapore, and the Portuguese and Dutch records to probe and challenge our understanding of Singapore’s history before Raffles. Altogether, these essays suggest that Singapore had a pre-1819 past that was deeply connected to the millennium-long maritime history of the Straits of Melaka and its links to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Approaches to Singapore’s Past before 1819
2. Issues and Approaches to Studying Singapore before 1819
3. Regional Influences, International Geopolitics and Environmental Factors in the Rise and Demise of Temasek
4. The Mysterious Malay Jong and Other Temasek Shipping
5. The Orang Laut and the Negara Selat (Realm of the Straits)
6. Avoidance of Shipwreck in the Malay Annals: A Trope in Buddhist Narratives of Maritime Crossings
7. The Inception of Lion City
8. A Note on Amoghapśa-Lokeśvara in Singapura
9. Portuguese and Dutch Records for Singapore before 1819: An Overview
10. Zheng He’s Navigation Methods and His Visit to Longyamen, Singapore

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  • Number of Pages : 127
  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 511g
  • Product Code : 9789814951111
  • Dimension : 172 x 254 mm

About Author

Kwa Chong Guan

Kwa Chong Guan is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Associate Fellow at the Temasek History Research Centre and Adjunct (Hon.) Associate Professor at the History Department, National University of Singapore.