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Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea 1300-1800
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Beneath the modern skyscrapers of Singapore lie the remains of a much older trading port, prosperous and cosmopolitan and a key node in the maritime Silk Road. This book synthesizes 25 years of archaeological research to reconstruct the 14th-century port of Singapore in greater detail than is possible for any other early Southeast Asian city. The picture that emerges is of a port where people processed raw materials, used money, and had specialized occupations. Within its defensive wall, the city was well organized and prosperous, with a cosmopolitan population that included residents from China, other parts of Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean. Fully illustrated, with more than 300 maps and colour photos, Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea presents Singapore's history in the context of Asia's long-distance maritime trade in the years between 1300 and 1800: it amounts to a dramatic new understanding of Singapore's precolonial past.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Frontispiece
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Introduction - The Archaeology of Singapore: Forgotten Hints
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Chapter 1: The Three Seas of the Southern Ocean
  2. pp. 25-56
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  1. Chapter 2: The Rise of the Island Empires
  2. pp. 57-92
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  1. Chapter 3: From the Fall of Srivijaya to the Rise of Singapore
  2. pp. 93-144
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  1. Chapter 4: Singapore's Ancient History, 1299-1604
  2. pp. 145-208
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  1. Chapter 5 - Archaeology in Singapore: History and Interpretation
  2. pp. 209-264
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  1. Chapter 6: Products of Ancient Singapore
  2. pp. 265-288
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  1. Chapter 7: Singaporean Imports of the Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries
  2. pp. 289-324
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  1. Chapter 8 - Beyond Ceramics: Metal, Coins, and Glassware
  2. pp. 325-352
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  1. Chapter 9: Temasik's Partners in Java, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and India
  2. pp. 353-366
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  1. Chapter 10: Singapore and Riau
  2. pp. 367-388
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  1. Chapter 11 - Temasik's Neighbours: Southeast Asian Settlements
  2. pp. 389-404
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  1. Chapter 12: Singapore, Johor, Riau
  2. pp. 405-432
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  1. Conclusion: Ancient Singapore, Urbanism, and Commerce
  2. pp. 433-444
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. 445-454
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 455-481
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  1. Image Credits
  2. pp. 482-483
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 484-491
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