Abstract

Abstract:

Singapore was a major Asian port city from the late thirteenth to the beginning of the nineteenth century. After identifying and examining the different types of historical evidence relating to Singapore's role in the region, this article explains four main analytical frameworks that have been used to organize and interpret this body of evidence: Polanyi's port of trade and the idea of a port city in general, Bennet Bronson's upstream–downstream economy, and approaches from the vantage point of strategic location and the longue durée. This article concludes by exploring the consequences the evidence and frameworks of Singapore's past have on the reconstruction and understanding of Singapore and its historical trajectory.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2180-4338
Print ISSN
0128-5483
Pages
pp. 1-27
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-30
Open Access
No
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