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Author Lee, Edwin.

Title Singapore : the unexpected nation
Published Singapore : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 730 pages)
Series History of nation-building series
History of nation-building series.
Contents Beginnings: From Temasek to Singapore -- Race, history and nationalism -- Contestants and contesting visions -- The accidental chief minister -- The terminal chief minister -- The embattled prime minister -- Merger: contesting ownership and principles -- Terms of disendearment -- Dare to be equal -- The way to survive -- National service: the price of independence -- Politics of education -- Home ownership, national stability and the new middle classes -- University and nation -- Toh's nation-building thrust -- Nantah: between community and nation -- Self-renewal: talents for a tough act -- The consensual prime minister -- Confucianism, Christianity, Chineseness -- Singapore dreams, Singapore dilemmas -- The hyphenated Singaporean -- The unexpected nation
Summary This book deals with Singapore's transition from a British Crown Colony to a state in the Federation of Malaysia, and expulsion from the Federation to become a separate independent nation. For the leaders of Singapore's PAP Government, Malaysia was a traumatic experience. Yet, but for it, they might never have found the resolve and the secret of building this extraordinary nation, this nation based on Singapore alone that they and an entire generation had once believed an impossibility
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 667-674) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed June 5, 2014)
Subject Nationalism -- Singapore.
Singapore -- History.
Singapore -- Politics and government.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789812307965