1819 & Before: Singapore's Pasts
- About the Book
The essays published here began as a series of lectures commemorating the bicentennial of Thomas Stamford Raffles’s establishment of a British Station in 1819. The essays draw on thirty-five years of archaeological investigations on and around Fort Canning, new readings of the Malay Annals, early Chinese records reporting Singapore, and the Portuguese and Dutch records to probe and challenge our understanding of Singapore’s history before Raffles. Altogether, these essays suggest that Singapore had a pre-1819 past that was deeply connected to the millennium-long maritime history of the Straits of Melaka and its links to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.
- About the Author(s)
Kwa Chong Guan, EditorKwa Chong Guan is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Associate Fellow at the Temasek History Research Centre and Adjunct (Hon.) Associate Professor at the History Department, National University of Singapore.