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Studies in Malaysian and Singapore History

Mubin Sheppard Memorial Essays

Bruce Lockhart & Lim Tse Siang

Publication Year: 2010

Almost every year history undergraduates at the honours level at the National University of Singapore have been given the option to undertake research and write a thesis on their choice of topic in their fourth year before graduation. This is part of their professional training as historians. This volume contains the best history graduation essays fro the 2008/2009 academic year. The essays, selected and edited for publication under the society's Mubin Sheppard Memorial Fund, demonstrate each student's competence and ability to apply research methods, adopt critical perspectives and approaches and present an original interpretation and analysis of issues and problems in Malaysian and Singapore history.

Published by: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society

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pp. v

These essays are outstanding and original honours-year theses which were done at the History Department of the National University of Singapore during the 2008/2009 academic session when I was a visiting professor at the department. I supervised two students, one of whose essay is included in this...

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pp. vi-viii

The present publication is part of a series of commemorative volumes in honour of the late historian and scholar, Tan Sri Datuk (Dr) Mubin Sheppard (1905–1994). It comprises a selection of theses written by five honours-year students of the History Department at the National University of Singapore...

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Relocated and Redefined: The History of Evicted Datuk Gongs in Singapore

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pp. 1-35

This study positions the history of Datuk Gongs in the context of land usage changes in post-independence Singapore. By tracking historical changes of land usage in specific localities where Datuk Gongs were found and consecrated, I argue that the eviction of Sinified Datuk Gongs has...

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Enabling the Singapore Story: Writing a History of Disability

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pp. 37-71

The turn of the millennium has seen numerous plans to remake Singapore. Beginning in 1997 with the Singapore 21 Committee and as recently as 2004 with Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong’s swearing-in speech, there have been calls made for the inclusion of disabled persons in society. Even so, disabled...

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The Proclamation of Independence Memorial in Malacca: History, Memory and Silences

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pp. 73-113

Malacca’s Proclamation of Independence Memorial (PIM), actually more a two-storey museum than a memorial, was officially opened on 31 August 1985 by Malaysia’s founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman to coincide with Merdeka Day celebrations. At a cost of RM1.4 million, it was...

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Under the Skin: Anxieties of the Domestic Realm in the Maria Hertogh Controversy

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pp. 115-160

On 11 December 1950, the British Crown Colony of Singapore was engulfed in violent riots, resulting in eighteen dead and more than 100 injured. The central figure in the riots was a thirteen-year-old Muslim Dutch girl, Maria Hertogh, whose legal custody, religious rights and marriage to a...

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The Imperial Locomotive: A Study of the Railway System in British Malaya 1885–1942

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pp. 161-199

The origin of the British railway system in the Malay Peninsula can be traced to the laying of its first tracks between Taiping and Port Weld in Perak in 1885. It was to take another half a century before the network in the British protectorate reached its fullest extent. Together with the technologies...

E-ISBN-13: 9789679948578
Print-ISBN-13: 9789679948479

Page Count: 207
Illustrations: 22 images, 2 tables
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: New