Singapore: The Unexpected Nation

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
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This book deals with Singapore's transition from a British Crown Colony to a state in the Federation of Malaysia, and expulsion from the Federation to become a separate independent nation. For the leaders of Singapore's PAP Government, Malaysia was a traumatic experience. Yet, but for it, they might never have found the resolve and the secret of building this extraordinary nation, this nation based on Singapore alone that they and an entire generation had once believed an impossibility. This story of nation-building deals with topics on national (army) service, economic development, education in schools and in universities, housing and home ownership. It deals also with issues of ethnicity and national identity in the context of challenges from within and without, in the latter case from globalization and global Islamism.
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About the author

 Edwin Lee is formerly Associate Professor, and Head of the Department of History, National University of Singapore.

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Publisher
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
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Published on
Dec 31, 2008
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Pages
707
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ISBN
9789812307965
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
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