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A Sense of History:
a select bibliography on the history of Singapore

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Singapore, 1941-1945: Pre-War Defense Strategy


Barclay, Glen St. John . Singapore strategy: the role of the United States in imperial defense. Military Affairs, 39(2):54-59, 1975. [E181 MA]

Bhajan Singh . The defence of Singapore, from 1902 to the Washington Conference 1921-22. 55p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, University of Singapore, 1976. [D6 *1976 1]

Callahan, Raymond . The illusion of security: Singapore 1919-42. Journal of Contemporary History, 9(2):69-92, 1974. [D410 JC]

Cornish, Vaughan . Singapore and naval geography. IN Kratoska, P. H., ed. Honourable intentions: talks on the British Empire in South-East Asia delivered at the Royal Colonial Institute 1874-1928. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1983. Pp. 382-400. [DS596.3 Hon]

Cowman, Ian . An Admiralty "myth": the search for an advanced Far Eastern Fleet base before the Second World War. Journal of Strategic Studies, 8(3):316-326, 1985. [U162 JSS]

Cowman, Ian . Main Fleet to Singapore: Churchill, the Admiralty, and Force-Z. Journal of Strategic Studies, 17(2):79-93, 1994. [U162 JSS]

Elphick, Peter . Far Eastern file: the intelligence war in the Far East, 1930-1945. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997. 510p. Has references to espionage activities in Singapore, Malaya and Borneo. [DS518 Elp]

Gilchrist, Andrew . Malaya 1941: the fall of a fighting empire. London: Robert Hale, 1992. 185p. [DS596.3 Gil]

Haggie, Paul . Britannia at bay: the defence of the British Empire against Japan, 1931-1941. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981. 264p. [DA47.9 Jap.H]

Hamill, Ian . The strategic illusion: the Singapore strategy and the defence of Australia and New Zealand, 1919-1942. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 1981. 387p. [DS599.61 Ham]

Hamill, Ian . The strategic illusion: the Singapore strategy and the defence of Australia and New Zealand, 1919-1942. 530p. Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Leeds, 1975. [DS599.61 Ham]

Hamill, Ian . Winston Churchill and the Singapore Naval Base, 1924-1929. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 11(2):277-286, 1980. [DS501 JSAS]

Hemmings, William J.  Australia and Britain's Far Eastern defence policy, 1937-42. 223p. Thesis (B. Letters) - University of Oxford, 1977. Microfilm.

Hoon, Kiong Teng . The Singapore Naval Base, 1921-1942. 79p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, Nanyang University, 1971. [D6*N 1971 1]

Iriye, Akira . The Asian factor. IN Martel, G., ed. The origins of the Second World War reconsidered: The A. J. P. Taylor debate after twenty-five years. Boston, MA: Allen & Unwin, 1986. Pp. 227-243. [D741.745 Ori]

Iriye, Akira . The origins of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific. London: Longman, 1987. 202p. [D742 Jap.I]

Kennedy, Paul M.  The rise and fall of British naval mastery. London: Allen Lane, 1976. 405p. [DA70 Ken]

Khushwant Singh  & Satindra Singh . Ghadar 1915: India's first armed revolution. New Delhi: R & K Pub., 1966. 102p. [DS480.4 Khu]

Lee, Bradford A.  Britain and the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1939: a study in the dilemmas of British decline. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1973. 319p. [DS518.4 Lee]

Louis, William R.  British strategy in the Far East, 1919-1939. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. 284p. [DS518.4 Lou]

Lowe, Peter . Britain in the Far East: a survey from 1819 to the present. London: Longman, 1981. 264p. [DS518.4 Low]

Lowe, Peter . Great Britain and the origins of the Pacific war: a study of British policy in East Asia, 1937-1941. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977. 318p. [DS740.63 Low]

McCarthy, John . Singapore and Australian defence 1921-1942. Australian Outlook, 25(2):168-180, 1971. Microfilm.

McIntyre, W. David . New Zealand and the Singapore base between the wars. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2(1):2-21, 1971. [DS501 JSAS]

McIntyre, W. David . The rise and fall of the Singapore Naval Base, 1919-1942. London: Macmillan, 1979. 289p. [DS599.61 Maci]

Marder, Arthur J.  Old friends, new enemies: the Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Vol. 1. Strategic illusions, 1936-1941. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990. [VA454 Mar]

Miller, Eugene Herbert . The Singapore Naval Base. 293 leaves. Thesis (Ph.D.) - Clark University, 1940. [DS599.61 Mil]

Miller, Eugene Herbert . Strategy at Singapore. New York: Macmillan, 1942. 145p. 
[DS599.6 Mil]

Murfett, Malcolm H.  Fool-proof relations: the search for Anglo-American naval cooperation during the Chamberlain years, 1937-1940. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 1984. 324p. [D771 Mur]

Murfett, Malcolm H.  Living in the past: a critical reexamination of the Singapore naval strategy, 1918-1941. War & Society, 11(1):73-103, 1993. [HM36.5 WS] 

Neidpath, James . The Singapore Naval Base and the defence of Britain's eastern empire, 1919-1941. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981. 296p. [DS599.61 Nei]

Neidpath, James . Singapore Naval Base and the defence of Britain's eastern empire, 1919-1941. 322p. Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Oxford, 1975. [DS599.61 Nei]

Nish, Ian H.  Alliance in decline: a study in Anglo-Japanese relations, 1908-23. London: Athlone Press, 1972. 424p. [DA47.9 Jap.N]

Nish, Ian H.  The Anglo-Japanese alliance: the diplomacy of two island empires, 1894-1907. 2nd ed. London: Athlone Press, 1985. 420p. [DA47.9 Jap.N]

Nish, Ian H.  Japanese foreign policy, 1869-1942. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977. 346p. [DS845 Nis]

Nish, Ian H. , ed. Anglo-Japanese alienation, 1919-1952: papers of the Anglo-Japanese Conference on the History of the Second World War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1982. 305p. [D455 Ang]

Ong, Chit Chung . The landward defence of Singapore 1919-1938. Singapore: Heinemann Asia for Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore, 1988. 50p. [DS599.61 Ong]

Ong, Chit Chung . Major General William Dobbie and the defence of Malaya, 1935-1938. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 17(2):282-306, 1986. [DS501 JSAS]

Ong, Chit Chung . Operation Matador: Britain's war plans against the Japanese 1918-1941. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 1997. 314p. [DS599.61 Ong]

Parkinson, C. Northcote . Britain in the Far East: the Singapore Naval Base. Singapore: Donald Moore, 1955. 35p. [DS599.61 Par]

Parkinson, C. Northcote . The pre-1942 Singapore Naval Base. United States Naval Institute  Proceedings, 82(9):939-953, 1956. [DS599.61 Par]

Probert, H A.,  comp. History of Changi. Singapore: Printed by Prison Industries in Changi Prison, 1965. 77p. [DS599.6 Pro]

Robertson, Eric . The Japanese file: pre-war Japanese penetration in Southeast Asia. Hong Kong: Heinemann Asia, 1979. 179p. [DS596.3 Rob]

Roskill, Stephen . Naval policy between the wars. London: Collins, 1968-1976. 2 vols. [D436 Ros]

Shorrick, Neville . Lion in the sky: the story of Seletar and the Royal Air Force in Singapore. Kuala Lumpur: Federal Publications, 1968. 184p. [UG635.12 Sho]

Tan, Lulie Beng Geok . Singapore on the eve of the Japanese occupation: civil defence 1939-1942. 70p. Academic exercsie - Dept. of History, National University of Singapore, 1982. [D1982 17]

Tarling, Nicholas . Britain, Southeast Asia and the onset of the Pacific War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996. 434p. [DS525.9 Gre.T]

Trotter, Ann . Britain and East Asia, 1933-1937. London: Cambridge University Press, 1975. 277p. [DS518.4 Tro]

Winsley, T. M.  A history of the Singapore Volunteer Corps 1854-1937, being also an historical outline of volunteering in Malaya. Singapore: Govt. Print. Off., 1938. 205p. [UA853.12 Win]


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