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Memories Of Chinatown by Lowe-Ismail, Geraldene

Memories of Chinatown is a Singapore classic and is now republished with a new visual interpretation by watercolour artist Graham Byfield. Both a memoir and a narrative guide to the vibrant spirit of a bygone Singapore, it is written by much loved "walking treasure" and heritage tour pioneer Geraldene Lowe-Ismail. Blessed with a rich trove of stories and personal knowledge stretching over 50 years, Geraldene delivers a unique insight into the glory and past of one of Southeast Asia's truly original Chinatowns. For anyone interested in heritage architecture and culture, this is a fascinating read.

Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976 by Mobo Gao; Dongping Han; Hao Qi

The entire period of Mao Zedong's leadership is now portrayed as a disaster, and any scrupulous efforts at questioning this version of events have been largely ignored by the international mass media. What is interesting is that the efforts of death toll-inflating academics and media appear to have had little impact on the working people of China. Indeed anti-Communists find the resilience of Mao's popularity baffling and frustrating. The common people are simply ruled out as rational actors. Swimming against the current of the academic industry and the international mass media, the contributors to this book have begun the task of recording the views and experiences of the common Chinese people regarding the period of socialist China, as a vital source of historical truth.

From Kilts To Sarong: Scottish Pioneers Of SingaporeFrom Kilts To Sarong: Scottish Pioneers Of Singapore by Berry, Graham

Guthrie, Fraser & Neave, Rodyk & Davidson, Sime Darby, Swan & Maclaren, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Straits Trading Company. These are just a few of the numerous companies with Scottish founders who continue to play an active role in the economy of Singapore. Written in a popular style, this book tells the story of the Scots -administrators, engineers, traders and various professionals - who helped to develop early Singapore and lay some of the foundations for its undoubted growth and success.

Abolitions As A Global ExperienceAbolitions As A Global Experience by Hideaki Suzuki (Ed.)

The abolition of slavery and similar institutions of servitude was an important global experience of the nineteenth century. Considering how tightly bonded into each local society and economy were these institutions, why and how did people decide to abolish them? This collection of essays examines the ways this globally shared experience appeared and developed. Chapters cover a variety of different settings, from West Africa to East Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, with close consideration of the British, French and Dutch colonial contexts, as well as internal developments in Russia and Japan.

Drifting Into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs Of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul RahmanDrifting Into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs Of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman by Tawfik Ismail & Ooi Kee Beng (Eds.)

Written from a first person point of view based on his personal writings, this book offers insights into the reasons the author left the medical profession to join politics at the persuasion of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Ismail's writings provides the reader with interesting background of the events and subtle negotiations leading to Malaya's independence in 1957.

Singapore Chronicles: HeritageSingapore Chronicles: Heritage by Ting, Kennie

Heritage means different things to different people. This book provides a guide to Singapore heritage and its preservation and promotion since 1959, when Singapore first attained full self-government and thereafter for the first 50 years of Independence. It conveys the thoughts of policy-makers, conservationists, architects, city planners, museum curators, historians, academics and community advocates.

Singapore Chronicles: Colonial SingaporeSingapore Chronicles: Colonial Singapore by Tarling, Nicholas

This book is a history of Singapore from the founding of a settlement by Raffles in 1819, to the post-imperial phase inaugurated by World War II and the Japanese invasion. The book captures the essence of the island-city's place in the Asian economic and political scheme of things as European imperialism reached its zenith before giving way to Japan's military advance. The fall of Singapore to the Japanese in February 1942 embodied the new times. The return of the British after the Japanese defeat in 1945 set the stage for a fresh phase of Singapore's political development as the anti-colonial movement grew in strength.

Of Whales And Dinosaurs: The Story Of Singapore's Natural History MuseumOf Whales And Dinosaurs: The Story Of Singapore's Natural History Museum by Tan, Kevin Y. L.

Officially established in 1878, the natural history collection originally housed at the Raffles Museum now has more than 560,000 specimens in its care, one of the largest collections of Southeast Asian plants and animals. This book is not only an institutional history of the museum but also recounts the frustrations, tenacity, and courage of the numerous individuals who battled officialdom, innovated endlessly, and overcame the odds to protect Singapore's natural history heritage. The book features 108 historical photographs and natural history illustrations printed in full colour throughout.

Nemesis: The First Iron Warship And Her WorldNemesis: The First Iron Warship And Her World by Marshall, Adrian G.

The Nemesis was the first of a generation of iron-clad, steam-powered naval vessels that established British dominance in Asian waters in the nineteenth century. The world's first iron warship, the first vessel with truly watertight compartments, and the first iron vessel to round the Cape of Good Hope. Yet strangely her story has never been told to modern audiences, and her origins and actions have until now been shrouded in mystery. This lively narrative places her in the historical context of the last years of the East India Company, and in the history of steam power and iron ships. It tells of her exploits in the First Opium War, in pirate suppression and naval actions across Asia, from Bombay to Burma to the Yangtze River and beyond.

Jerusalem: The Story Of A Great CityJerusalem: The Story Of A Great City by Millis, Joseph

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. In a dazzling narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that is believed will be the setting for the Apocalypse.

History Of Life In 100 FossilsHistory Of Life In 100 Fossils by Taylor, Paul; Aaron O'dea

This book showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. This stunning book is perfect for all readers because its clear explanations and beautiful photographs illuminate the significance of these amazing pieces, including 500 million-year-old Burgess Shale fossils that provide a window into early animal life in the sea, insects encapsulated by amber, the first fossil bird Archaeopteryx, and the remains of our own ancestors.

Scotland: A Concise HistoryScotland: A Concise History by Maclean, Fitzroy

Continuously in print for more than 40 years and renowned to this day for the authority and wit with which it disentangles the complex threads of Scotland's rich history, Fitzroy Maclean's classic work has been brought up to date with recent events in the path to Scottish independence. Pictures from authentic contemporary sources illuminate the story-its romantic figures, battles, politics, and religion-and provide a rich visual record of Scotland's art, craftsmanship, and intellectual life.

Three Centuries Of Conflict In East TimorThree Centuries Of Conflict In East Timor by Kammen, Douglas

Why does violence recur in some places, over long periods of time? Douglas Kammen explores this pattern in Three Centuries of Conflict in East Timor, studying that island's tragic past, focusing on the small district of Maubara. Once a small but powerful kingdom embedded in long-distance networks of trade, over the course of three centuries the people of Maubara experienced benevolent but precarious Dutch suzerainty, Portuguese colonialism punctuated by multiple uprisings and destructive campaigns of pacification, Japanese military rule, and years of brutal Indonesian occupation. In 1999 Maubara was the site of particularly severe violence before and after the UN-sponsored referendum that finally led to the restoration of East Timor's independence.

Chulia In Penang, The: Patronage And Place-Making Around The Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957Chulia In Penang, The: Patronage And Place-Making Around The Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957 by Khoo Salma Nasution

Tamil Muslims once known as Chulias prospered as traders of pelikat cloth, pepper and local products in the Straits of Malacca. In the nineteenth century, they enriched the port town of Penang with endowments for mosques, Sufi shrines, burial grounds, a water tank and an ashurkhanah, holding religious feasts and processions. They innovated the performing arts of Boria and Bangsawan and pioneered early Malay and Tamil print media in Penang, which helped give birth to modern vernacular discourses. Influenced by the Khilafat and Self-Respect Movements in India, they strengthened Tamil identity and started Tamil schools. For economic and political reasons, they formed the Muslim Merchants Society, the Muslim Mahajana Sabha and then the Muslim League, the last of which competed in Penangs city and settlement elections in the 1950s. The book looks at how this diaspora community living under the East India Company, then in the Straits Settlements and British Malaya evolved in response to the changing terms of colonial patronage.

Life Of Mahatma Gandhi, TheLife Of Mahatma Gandhi, The by Fischer, Louis

This is a biography of Mahatma Gandhi. He led the fight for Indian independence from British rule, tirelessly pursued a strategy of passive resistance, and was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic only a few months after independence was achieved.

Sea And Civilization, The: A Maritime History Of The WorldSea And Civilization, The: A Maritime History Of The World by Paine, Lincoln

A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. His narrative traces subsequent developments in commercial and naval shipping through the post-Cold War era. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be traced to the sea.

Over Singapore 50 Years Ago: An Aerial View In The 1950SOver Singapore 50 Years Ago: An Aerial View In The 1950S by Yeoh, Brenda; Theresa Wong

Over Singapore: 50 Years Ago is a view of old Singapore from a new angle. Many of the streets and buildings have changed; but many others are still instantly recognizable, and this book helps the reader make connections between places as they were and is.

Kuala Lumpur: Street Names - A Guide To Their Meanings & HistoriesKuala Lumpur: Street Names - A Guide To Their Meanings & Histories by Mariana Isa & Maganjeet Kaur

Kuala Lumpur's street names reflect its rich mix of cultures and its growth from a small tin mining settlement to the leading capital city it is today. This encyclopedic A-to-Z guide explores the meanings and origins of KL's street names, past and present - from those named after notable persons and prominent landmarks (often bygone), to those named after local flora and fauna. Themed clusters, such as the streets in Taman Sri Bahtera named after traditional Malay boats, lend their neighbourhoods a distinct identity.

Imperial China And Its Southern NeighboursImperial China And Its Southern Neighbours by Mair, Victor H.; Liam Kelley (Eds.)

With multiple aims of exploring the relations between northern Chinese cultures and those of the south, examining the cultural plurality of areas which are today parts of Southern China, and illuminating the relations between Sinitic and non-Sinitic societies, the volume is broad in concept and content. Within these extensive rubrics, this edited collection further interrogates the nature of Asian polities and their historiography, the constitution of Chineseness, imperial China's southern expansions, cultural hybridity, economic relations, regional systems and ethnic interactions across East Asia.

Brief History Of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, And Tsunamis - The Incredible Story Of The World's Largest NationBrief History Of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, And Tsunamis - The Incredible Story Of The World's Largest Nation by Hannigan, Tim

This fascinating book tells the story of Indonesia as a narrative of kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, featuring stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger. It recounts the colorful visits of foreign travelers who have passed through these shores for many centuries-from Chinese Buddhist pilgrims and Dutch adventurers to English sea captains and American movie stars.