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

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Singapore, 1965-: Independence & Nation-Building 


Backhouse, Sally . Singapore. Newton Abbot, UK: David and Charles, 1972. 238p.  [DS599.2 Bac]

Bedlington, Stanley S.  Malaysia and Singapore: the building of new states. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1978. 285p. [DS596.7 Bed]

Bowen, John T.  Singapore. IN Leinbach, T. R. & Ulack, R., eds. Southeast Asia: diversity and development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999. Pp. 379-407. A competent and succinct overiew of Singapore’s economic and political development from the 1960s to the 1990s. [HT395 Asi.Le]

Buchanan, Iain . Singapore in Southeast Asia: an economic and political appraisal. London: G. Bell, 1972. 336p. [JQ723 Buc]

Buruma, Ian . God's dust: a modern Asian journey. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989. 267p. Has a chapter on entitled “Sensitive issues: Malaysia and Singapore” (pp. 108-160). Comments on Singapore in the eighties and the influence of Lee Kuan Yew. [DS508.2 Bur]

Buruma, Ian. The man who would be king. [Review of The Singapore story by Lee Kuan Yew and, Can Asians think? by Kishore Mahbubani]. Contains a harsh critique of Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew. New York Review of Books, 46(10):34-37, 10 June 1999. [AP2 NRB]

Buruma, Ian . The missionary and the libertine: love and war in East and West. London: Faber, 1996. 308p. Has a chapter about Singapore in the eighties and early nineties entitled “The nanny state of Asia” (Pp. 283-302). [CB251 Bur]

Chen, Peter S. J. , ed. Singapore development policies and trends. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1983. 384p. [DS599.2 Sid]

Chew, Melanie . Leaders of Singapore. Singapore: Resource Press, 1996. 336p. [DS599.5 Che]

Chew, Melanie . A biography of President Yusof bin Ishak. Singapore: Singapore National Printers for Board of Commissioners of Currency, 1999. 197p. [DS599.51 Yi.Che]

Da Cunha, Derek , ed. Debating Singapore: reflective essays. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1994. 173p. [DS599.7 Deb]

Da Cunha, Derek , ed. Singapore in the new millennium: challenges facing the city-state. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2002. 281p. [DS599.64 Csn]

Devan: nation builder, people's president. Singapore: The Singaporean, Singapore National Trades Union Congress, 1981. 81p. [DS599.51 Nai.D]

Deyo, Frederic C.  Singapore: developmental paternalism. IN Goldstein, S. M., ed. Minidragons: fragile economic miracles in the Pacific. New York: Ambrose Video Publishing, 1991. Pp. 64-103. An account of the role of the state in the economic, political and social development of Singapore. [HC460.5 Gol]

Durdin, Peggy . Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore: a profile. Asian Affairs, 3:151-169, Jan./Feb. 1973. [PERIND Reprint]

Elegant, Robert . The Singapore of Mr Lee: "Confucian" ethics, Asian values. Encounter, 74(5):21-29, 1990. [AP4 E]

Fenner, Claude . Malaysia, Singapore and the British military withdrawal. Royal United Service Institution Journal, 115 (657):13-18, 1970. [U1 RUJ]

Gardels, Nathan . Looking back 50 years, looking forward. An interview with Lee Kuan Yew  held in Davos, Switzerland in 1999 with comments by the Senior Minister on, amongst others, the break with Malaysia, education, globalization and the Internet. New Perspectives Quarterly, 16(4):18-22, 1999. [E839.5 NPQ]

George, T. J. S.  Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. London: Deutsch, 1973. 222p. [DS599.51 Lee.G]

Godement, Francois . The downsizing of Asia. London: Routledge, 1999. 245p. Traces the economic fortunes of Asia from the early 1990s to the economic collapse of 1997 to 1998 and surveys the social and political impact of the collapse. Has references to Singapore.

Goh, Chok Tong . Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's speeches, interviews, statements, etc. Nov. 1990-  . Singapore: Ministry of Information & the Arts. [DS599.51 Gct.PM]

Gunesekera, Manique . Discourse genres in English newspapers of Singapore, South India and Sri Lanka. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1990. 219p. Thesis (Ph.D.) - University of Michigan, 1989. [P25*UMI 25]

Haas, Michael , ed. The Singapore puzzle. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999. 208p. [DS5999.63 Spu] 

Haggard, Stephen . An external view of Singapore's developed status. IN Low, L., ed. Singapore: towards a developed status. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Pp. 345-375. [DS599.63 Sto]

Han, Fook Kwang ; Fernandez, Warren  & Tan, Sumiko . Lee Kuan Yew: the man and his ideas. Singapore: Singapore Press Holdings and Times Editions, 1998. 456p. [DS599.51]

Harries, Owen . Harry Lee's story. National Interest, 56:153-159, 1999. [E840 NI]

Hassan, Riaz , ed. Singapore: society in transition. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1976. 371p. [HN770.2 Has]

Humphreys, Neil . Notes from an even smaller island. Singapore: Times Books International, 2001. 232p. [PN6175 Hum]

Jayakumar, S ., ed. Our heritage and beyond: a collection of essays on Singapore, its past, present and future. Singapore: Singapore National Trades Union Congress, 1982. 173p. [DS599.2 Our]

Jeyaretnam, Philip . Singapore's social vices and individual virtues. Commentary, 14:91-102, 1997. [DS599.1 C]

Josey, Alex . Lee Kuan Yew. Rev. ed. Singapore: Donald Moore for Asia Pacific Press, 1973. 630p. [DS599.51 Lee.J]

Josey, Alex . Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore: Times Books International, 1980. 2 vols. Contents: 1. Covers the years 1959-1971 - 2. Covers the years 1971-1978. [DS599.51 Lee.J]

Josey, Alex . Lee Kuan Yew: the struggle for Singapore. 3rd ed. London: Angus & Robertson, 1980. 352p. [DS599.51 Lee.J]

Josey, Alex , comp. Lee Kuan Yew in London. Singapore: Donald Moore, 1968. 111p. An account based mainly on newspaper reports of Lee Kuan Yew trip to London in January 1968 in the light of Britain 's decision to withdraw its forces from Singapore. [DS599.63 Jos]

Kelly, Brian  & London, Mark . The four little dragons. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989. Contains an account of Singapore in the late 1980s (pp. 323-391). [DS508.2 Kel]

Kelman, Steven . A letter from Singapore. Dissent, 18(5):430-434, 1971. [HX1 D]

Kuo, Eddie C. Y.  & Chen, Peter S. J.  Communication policy and planning in Singapore. London: Kegan Paul International in association with East-West Communication Institute, 1983. 111p. [P95.8212 Kuo]

Kwok, Kian Woon , et al., eds. Our place in time: exploring heritage and memory in Singapore. Singapore: Singapore Heritage Society, 1999. 216p. Most of the essays were presented at a conference on heritage in Singapore held from 17-18 September, 1994. [DS599.4 Opt]

Lee, Geok Boi , ed. Singaporeans exposed: navigating the ins and outs of globalisation. Singapore: Landmark Books, 2001. 230p. [DS599.64 Sin]

Lee, Kuan Yew . Excerpts of speeches by Lee Kuan Yew on Singapore, 1959-1973. Singapore, 1976. 230p. Compiled by Douglas Koh. [DS599.51 Lee.Ss]

Lee, Kuan Yew . From third world to first: the Singapore story, 1965-2000: memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore: Singapore Press Holdings & Times Editions, 2000. Sequel to: The Singapore story: memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew. [DS599.51 Lee]

Lee, Kuan Yew . Prime Minister's speeches, interviews, statements, etc. 1981-1990. Singapore: Information Division, Ministry of Communications & Information. 10 vols. [DS599.51 Lee.SPM]

Lee, Kuan Yew . Prime Minister's speeches, press conferences, interviews, statements, etc. 1959-1980. Singapore: Prime Minister's Office. 17 vols. [DS599.51 Lee.SPM]

Lee, Kuan Yew . Senior Minister's speeches, interviews, statements, etc. 1990-  . Singapore: Prime Minister's Office. [DS599.51 Lee.SPM]

Leifer, Michael . Malacca, Singapore, and Indonesia. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands: Sijthoff & Noordhoff, 1978. 217p. [JX4141 Lei]

Livingstone, James M.  The contenders: the rise of the Pacific powers. London: Cassell, 1998. 304p. Has a short chapter on Singapore's industrial and political structure (pp. 221-227). [HF1600.5  Liv]

Loh, Kah Seng . The use of history by Singapore's political leaders since independence. 72p. Academic exercise - Dept. of History, National University of Singapore, 1996. [D6 *1996 16]

Loh, Kah Seng . Within the Singapore story: the use and narrative of history in Singapore. Crossroads, 12(2):1-21, 1998. Based on academic exercise entitled The use of history by Singapore's political leaders since independence, completed at the Dept. of History, National University of Singapore, 1996. [DS501 JSA]

Low, Linda, ed. Singapore: towards a developed status. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. 401p. [DS599.63 Sto]

Mahizhnan, Arun  & Lee Tsao, Yuan , eds. Singapore: re-engineering success. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1998. 200p. A collection of 18 essays authored mainly by civil servants, businessmen, and academics on the future economic, political and social challenges facing Singapore. [DS599.63 Sre]

McKie, R. C. H.  Singapore. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1972. 163p. Gives an impression of the frenzied change of the seventies. [DS599.2 Mack]

Mallet, Victor . The trouble with tigers: the rise and fall of South-East Asia. London: HarperCollins, 1999. 332p. Has many references to Singapore. [DS526.7 Mal]

Minchin, James . No man is an island: a portrait of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew. 2nd ed. North Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1990. 407p. [DS599.51 Lee.M]

Mohamed Najib Tun Razak.  Lee Kuan Yew. Asiaweek, 24(23):58, 12 June 1998. [DS1 AS]

Morris, Jan . Singapore. Encounter, 44(1):26-34, 1975. [AP4 E]

Murray, Geoffrey  & Perera, Audrey . Singapore: the global city-state. Folkestone, Kent: China Library, 1995. 285p. [HC497.12 Mur]

Nair, C. V. Devan . Not by wages alone: selected speeches and writings of C.V. Devan Nair, 1959-1981. Singapore: Singapore National Trades Union Congress, 1982. 413p. [DS599.51 Nai]

Nair, C. V. Devan , comp. & ed. Socialism that works ... the Singapore way. Singapore: Federal Publications, 1976. 268 p. [HX435.2 Nai]

Neher, Clark D.  The case for Singapore. IN Haas, Michael, ed. The Singapore puzzle. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999. Pp. 39-54.  A positive assessment of Singapore in the areas of economic growth, political stability, the compatibility of politics with culture, and international relations. [DS5999.63 Spu]

Ng, Charles  & Menon, T. P. B ., eds. Singapore: a decade of independence. Singapore: Alumni International Singapore, 1975. 127p. [DS599.7 Ng]

Nonis, George . From Kuan Yew to Chok Tong and beyond. Singapore: Angsana Books, 2001. 200p. [DS599.63 Non]

Nonis, George . Hello Chok Tong, goodbye Kuan Yew. Singapore: Flame of the Forest, 1991. 199p. [DS599.63 Non]

Ooi, Jin Bee  & Chiang, Hai Ding , eds. Modern Singapore. Singapore: University of Singapore, 1969. 285p. [DS599.6 Ooi]

Page, Martin . The single minded passion of Singapore's premier Lee Kuan Yew. Illustrated London News, 28 August 1965, p. 29. [AP4 ILN]

Perry, Martin ; Kong, Lily  & Yeoh, Brenda S. A.  Singapore: a developmental city state. Chichester, UK: Wiley, 1997. 339p. [DS599.63 Per]

Progress in Singapore: an independent review. Singapore: L.M. Creative Publicity, 1965. 108p. The chapters focus on the governemnt’s initiatives in the economic, political, social and cultural life of Singapore. [DS599.7 Pro]

Rajaratnam, S.  The prophetic & the political: selected speeches & writings of S. Rajaratnam. Edited by Chan Heng Chee & Obaid ul Haq. Singapore: Graham Brash, 1987. 540p. [DS599.51 Raj.P]

Rappa, Antonio L.  Singapore’s political governance, education and family structure at the end of the century. Commentary, 15:14-21, 1998. [DS599.1 C]

Rodan, Garry , ed. Singapore. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2001. Contains 23 journal articles by academics published between 1992 and 1998. The focus is on the social and political repercussions of the strong economic growth experienced by Singapore over the last 30 years. The articles are grouped around four main areas: state and instituional development; social transformation and political directions; ideology and culture, and social policy. 520p. [DS599.7 Sng]

Rodan, Garry , ed. Singapore changes guard: social, economic and political directions in the 1990s. New York: St Martin’s Press, 1993. 209p. [JQ729 Sia]

Sandhu, Kernial S.  & Wheatley, Paul , eds. Management of success: the moulding of modern Singapore. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1989. 1134p. [DS599.63 Man]

Savage, Victor R.  Singapore as a global city: change and challenge for the 21st century. IN Low, L., ed. Singapore: towards a developed status. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. Pp. 140-169. [DS599.63 Sto]

Saw, Swee Hock  & Bhathal, R. S.,  eds. Singapore towards the year 2000. Singapore: Singapore University Press for the Singapore Association for the Advancement of Science, 1981. 162p. [DS599.2 Sit]

Selvan, T. S.  Singapore: the ultimate island (Lee Kuan Yew's untold story). Melbourne: Freeway Books, 1990. 307p. [DS599.51 Lee.Se]

Sesser, Stan . The lands of charm and cruelty: travels in Southeast Asia. New York: Knopf, 1993. Has a chapter on Singapore (pp. 5-68). [DS522.6 Ses]

Shaplen, Robert . Time out of hand: revolution and reaction in Southeast Asia. New York: Harper & Row, 1969. 465p. Contains commentary on Singapore's experience in Malaysia and during the early years of separation. [DS525.7 Sha]

Shaplen, Robert . A turning wheel: three decades of the Asian revolution as witnessed by a correspondent for The New Yorker. New York: Random House, 1979. 397p. Has a chapter on the evolution of Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew (pp. 175-200). [DS35 Sha]

Sie, Brigitte Kok Kwa . Singapore: a modern Asian city-state: relationship between cultural and economic development. Nijmegen, Netherlands: Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, 1997. 406p. Based on the author's doctoral dissertation - Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, 1997. [HC497.12 Skk]

Singapore: the next lap. Singapore: Published for the Government of Singapore by Times Editions, 1991. 159p. [DS599.63 Sia]

Singapore beyond 2000. Wellington, NZ: Sheffield House, 1997. 215p. [DS599.2 Sbe]

Singapore into the nineties: text of ministers' speeches at a forum at the Nanyang Technological Institute including questions and answers. Singapore: Information Division, Ministry of Communications and Information, 1986. 76p. [DS599.2 Sii]

Soh, Tiang Keng . A survey of newspapers in Singapore today. Commentary, 4(1):3-20, 1971. [DS599.1 C]

Somjee, A. H.  & Somjee, Geeta . Development success in Asia Pacific: an exercise in normative-pragmatic balance. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. 221p. Has a chapter on Singapore (pp. 17-52). [HC497 Sou.Sm]

Tan, Alvin Peng Hong . Two imaginings: the past in present Singapore. IN Kwok, Kian Woon, et al., eds. Our place in time: exploring heritage and memory in Singapore. Singapore: Singapore Heritage Society, 1999. Pp. 111-128. Exploration of the past, how it is presented and packaged, and in particular examining the evolution of museums and conservation areas in Singapore. [DS599.4 Opt]

Tan, Sumiko . Chai Chee revisited. Singapore: Kg. Chai Chee Citizens’ Consultative Committee, 1993. 123p. [DS599.2 Ts]

Tay, Simon S.C.  Island in the world: globalization and Singapore’s transformation. Southeast Asian Affairs: 279-309, 2001. Describes the economic, social and political changes that have taken place in Singapore since 1997 Asian financial crisis. [DS501 SAA]

Temple, John . John Temple's Asian insight. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1977. 150p. Has a chapter entitled “Hong Kong and Singapore: Fragrant harbour and lion city” (pp. 27-51) which describes Singapore in the seventies. [DS12 Tem]

Thomson, George G.,  ed. Singapore: the way ahead. Singapore: Lembaga Gerakan Pelajaran Dewasa, 1967. 72p [DS599.1 Tho]

Thomson, George G.,  ed. Singapore in the 70's. Singapore: Lembaga Gerakan Pelajaran Dewasa , 1970. 76p. [DS599.1 Tho]

Topping, Seymour . Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore. New York Times Magazine, 31 October 1965, pp. 66-67, 69-70, 72, 74, 80, 84, 86, 90. [Microfilm: New York Times]

Toa Payoh Constituency 25th anniversary souvenir magazine. Singapore: Toa Payoh Citizens' Consultative Committee, 1988. 68p. [HN46.12 Toa]

Toa Payoh town: from swamp land to modern living. Singapore: Toa Payoh Town Council, [1994?]. 24p. [DS599.2 Toa]

Towards tomorrow: essays on development and social transformation in Singapore. Singapore: Singapore National Trades Union Congress, 1973. 165p. [DS599.63 Tow]

Tregonning, K. G.  Home port Singapore: an Australian historian's experience. Nathan, Qld.: Centre for the Study of Australia-Asia Relations, Griffith University, 1989. 78p. Recollections of a former professor of history at the University of Singapore in the fifties and sixties. [LB2331.74 Aus.T]

Wilson, Dick . East meets West: Singapore. Singapore: Printed by Times Printer, 1971. 251p. [DS599.6 Wil]

Yeoh, Brenda S. A.  & Kong, Lily , eds. Portraits of places: history, community and identity in Singapore. Singapore: Times Editions, 1995. 252p. [DS599.4 Por]

Yong, Mun Cheong . Singapore: the city-state in history. IN Ban, K. C.; Pakir, A. & Tong, C. K., eds. Imagining Singapore. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 1992. Pp. 26-45. [DS599.7 Ima]

You, Poh Seng  & Lim, Chong Yah , eds. Singapore: twenty-five years of development. Singapore: Nan Yang Xing Zhou Lianhe Zaobao, 1984. 392p. [HC497.12 Siy]


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