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Nature Contained
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How has Singapore’s environment—and location in a zone of extraordinary biodiversity—influenced the economic, political, social, and intellectual history of the island since the early 19th century? What are the antecedents to Singapore’s image of itself as a City in a Garden? Grounding the story of Singapore within an understanding of its environment opens the way to an account of the past that is more than a story of trade, immigration, and nation-building. Each of the chapters in this volume—focusing on topics ranging from tigers and plantations to trade in exotic animals and the greening of the city, and written by botanists, historians, anthropologists, and naturalists—examines how humans have interacted with and understood the natural environment on a small island in Southeast Asia over the past 200 years, and conversely how this environment has influenced humans. Between the chapters are travelers' accounts and primary documents that provide eyewitness descriptions of the events examined in the text. In this regard, Nature Contained: Environmental Histories of Singapore provides new insights into the Singaporean past, and reflects much of the diversity, and dynamism, of environmental history globally.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Timothy P. Barnard
  3. p. x
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  1. An Introduction
  2. Timothy P. Barnard
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Source 1: John Crawfurd’s Singapore: An Excerpt from A Descriptive Dictionary of the Indian Islands and Adjacent Countries (1856)
  2. John Crawfurd
  3. pp. 9-16
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  1. Chapter 1: Singapore’s Changing Landscape since c. 1800
  2. Tony O’Dempsey
  3. pp. 17-48
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  1. Source 2: The Tiger Club: Excerpts from Accounts of Tigers in 19th-Century Singapore
  2. pp. 49-54
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  1. Chapter 2: Tigers of Colonial Singapore
  2. Timothy P. Barnard and Mark Emmanuel
  3. pp. 55-80
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  1. Source 3: Wallace’s Singapore: An Excerpt from The Malay Archipelago (1869)
  2. pp. 81-84
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  1. Chapter 3: Wallace in Singapore
  2. John van Wyhe
  3. pp. 85-109
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  1. Source 4: Visiting the Botanical Gardens: Excerpts from Fox’s Guide to the Botanic Gardens (1889)
  2. pp. 110-114
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  1. Chapter 4: The Environmental Relevance of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
  2. Nigel P. Taylor
  3. pp. 115-137
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  1. Source 5: Regulating the Wildlife Trade: Excerpts from Report of the Wild Animals and Wild Birds Committee, Singapore, 1933
  2. pp. 138-144
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  1. Chapter 5: The Beastly Business of Regulating the Wildlife Trade in Colonial Singapore
  2. Fiona L.P. Tan
  3. pp. 145-178
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  1. Source 6: A Whale’s Tale: Excerpts from The Annual Reports of the Raffles Museum and Library, Newspaper Accounts and Visitors’ Memories
  2. pp. 179-183
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  1. Chapter 6: The Raffles Museum and the Fate of Natural History in Singapore
  2. Timothy P. Barnard
  3. pp. 184-211
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  1. Chapter 7: Agriculture and the End of Farming in Singapore
  2. Cynthia Chou
  3. pp. 216-240
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  1. Source 8: “Wildlife and Singapore”: An Assessment from the 1980s
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Chapter 8: The Nature Society, Endangered Species, and Conservation in Singapore
  2. Goh Hong Yi
  3. pp. 245-275
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  1. Source 9: “And That Was Good”: A Brief History of the Greening of Singapore
  2. pp. 276-280
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  1. Chapter 9: A City in a Garden
  2. Timothy P. Barnard and Corinne Heng
  3. pp. 281-306
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 307-320
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 321-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-328
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