Lion City Narratives: Singapore Through Western Eyes

Lion City Narratives: Singapore Through Western Eyes

by Victor R. Savage

Lion City Narratives: Singapore Through Western Eyes fulfils four aims. First, it is a study of subjective Western impressions of Singapore's 145 years (1819–1963) of colonial history. The study is not meant to be an in-depth historical analysis of Singapore, but rather to give the reader an impressionistic account of how Western residents viewed Singapore over the decades. Second, this study could be seen as a short biography of Singapore's evolution as a city. The chapters on the imageability of Singapore and its urban morphology provide a holistic perspective of Singapore's urban dynamics. Third, this book provides a cultural insight into Singapore's population, both White residents and transient visitors, as well as the locals or Asians. Fourth, it opens a window into Singapore's development at a time when the West was at its cultural zenith and when Great Britain was the principal superpower of the 19th century. Hence Singapore carried twin colonial legacies — it was the archetype trading emporium between East and West, and it became, for the British, the major point d'appui for defence. Finally, the Singapore colonial narrative is set in a broader academic discourse that allows the reader to see a wider picture of Singapore's colonial development.

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  • Number of Pages : 600
  • Publisher : World Scientific Publishing
  • Weight : 790g
  • Product Code : 9789811229152
  • Dimension : 165 x 38 x 241 mm

About Author

Victor R. Savage

Dr Victor R Savage is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He was the former Head of the Department of Geography, and Coordinator of the Southeast Asian Programme in National University of Singapore (NUS). Among his books are Western Impressions of Nature and Landscape in Southeast Asia (1984), Singapore University Press; and Singapore Street Names= A Study of Toponymics (2013), Marshall Cavendish; and edited books include Environment and Climate Change in Asia= Ecological Footprints and Green Prospects (2012) with Lye Lin Heng (eds.), Pearson Press; and The Naga Awakens= Growth and Change in Southeast Asia (1998), with Lily Kong and Warwick Neville (eds.), Times Academic Press.