The history of Singapore is not exclusively about Singapore but also about its closest neighbor, Malaysia. Heavier emphasis on more recent history, vast majority of the book is post 1824. Singapore was Raffles attempt to get around that and its founding as a British entrepot in 1819 was against British government policy. He touches the aspects of religion, culture, migration and in the case of Holland and Britain, ruling the country or at least portions of it. Catastrophic loss of British prestige.
Got a better picture of royalty in Malaysia, why the railroads are built up on the west side, where tin and rubber development happened and didn't. B35 1999 Dewey Decimal 959. Learned that there are more Christians in Borneo than peninsular Malaysia due to missionary activity. The 20th and 21st century history sections were less interesting and focused almost exclusively on political history, whereas a broader view that also considered significant individuals in business, etc. Jim Baker provides succinct, poignant, and entertaining read of the area in a fashion reminiscent of Mitchner from an historical standpoint - he starts at that very beginning and brings you to the present. It is all told in a well-written piece that is engaging as much as it is informative. Still, overall economic growth despite the policies.
One is the movement of culture, products, and people throughout the area, and the other is the people who stayed to create the modern nations. By that time, there was no question of handing over such a prize to the Dutch. By understanding the history of both places, I was able to wrap my head around the ways of this part of the world, and Baker does a good job of not always being sympathetic to the Western countries that helped to shape this part of the world. Some stand out, though, like this one. Its location in the middle of this chain also made it an important prize among the European powers seeking to outcompete each other in trade. After Singapore fallout and race riots, even more pro-Malay policies, especially after pro-Chinese party did reasonably well in elections.
What we get is a broad story filled with surprising details drawn from his own experiences and from other scholarly works, and told in an easy and captivating style. It traces the complex history and politics of Malaysia and Singapore, neighbuors with a common past hurtling along different paths. In this fully updated, second edition of Crossroads, Jim Baker adds two new chapters that bring Malaysia and Singapore into the middle of the first decade of the 21st century. He has a nice relaxed approach and never gets shrill. Mixed legacy of Malay-Chinese-Indian race-aware policies.
Baker does a very good job of delivering a comprehensive history of the Malay Peninsula. Some stand out, though, like this one. But 40% of population not Muslim! Learned that Sarawak was ruled by a British family who held the position of raja for ~100 years because Britain didn't actually want to rule that area, but the navy wouldn't abandon its citizen. Although it does lose its steam a little once it gets to independence--largely a function of the myriad, confusing political parties--Baker's book manages to intertwine the entangled histories of Malaysia and Singapore with refreshing neutrality he refuses to treat them as separate entities. He also goes into speculation about how things would be different now if certain events in history had happened a different way. The world now sees Singapore and Malaysia as a primary crossroad for commerce and trade. Jim Baker provides succinct, poignant, and entertaining read of the area in a fashion reminiscent of Mitchner from an historical standpoint - he starts at that very beginning and brings you to the present.
The history of Singapore is not exclusively about Singapore but also about its closest neighbor, Malaysia. A great bonus of reading a history by an economist is a constant awareness and evaluation of trade-offs. Among other things, Baker discusses how the British forced the Malays into purely agricultural work when they had previously also been merchants prior to the coming of the colonial powers in order to better monopolise trade for its own people; its lasting impact on racial distribution in trades in Malaysia continues to poison and sway political decisions to this day. The Sun on the first edition Baker s thrilling book profits from his refusal to separate Singapore s history from Malaysia s. The title, Crossroads, sums it up well. He first published Crossroads in1999, and has subsequently written The Eagle in the Lion City 2005 , an academic history of the American presence in Singapore, and Singapore's Eagles 2006 , a 50th anniversary publication of the Singapore American School. Economic-flavored history of the region from pre-colonial period to today.
Christians are forbidden to use certain words e. Baker covers how great power politics and trade in Europe had an impact on the divvying up of the region among the European powers. This study of the history of Malaysia and Singapore offers a look at an area that contains cultural elements of many countries, the indigenous influences of archipelago Southeast Asia; the impact of Asia's cultural giants China and India on the area; the coming of Islam from western Asia by way of India; the contributions made by the West through European colonialism and economic exploitation; and finally, the impact of the process of globalization on the two countries in the late twentieth century. Growth of tin and rubber industries in the region. Singapore is one of the last city-states that exist in the world today, and when you visit, the major question of how did this bastion of the world economy come into being.
Authoritatively researched and drawing on numerous anecdotes, this book takes a fresh, bold approach to the study of the history of Malaysia and Singapore that would interest the general reader or student. Got a better picture of royalty in Malaysia, why the railroads are built up on the west side, where tin and rubber development happened and didn't. Looking at them historically must be in the context of the history of archipelago Southeast Asia. And with Jim Baker we are indeed that lucky. What we get is a broad story filled with surprising details drawn from his own experiences and from other scholarly works, and told in an easy and captivating style. As political entities, Malaysia and Singapore are twentieth-century phenomena. Because Muslims may get confused and converted?! Rich in historical value, Crossroads will inform, educate, and entertain with its lively prose and controversial statements.
To this end, the British government thought that it was necessary for the Netherlands to have a colonial empire. The book still helps gain understanding about this part of the world, and would highly recommend anybody visiting this area to read this book so they can appreciate what they are seeing a little better. In this fully updated, second edition of Crossroads, Jim Baker adds two new chapters that bring Malaysia and Singapore into the middle of the first decade of the 21st century. This meant the British giving back the Indonesian islands that it had captured from the French back to the Dutch. Immigration quotas on Chinese men, but women allowed, family formation, migrant become immigrants. Setup Penang first, later became a model for Melaka and Singapore. He also loses his international focus, looking mostly at local politics in Malaysia and Singapore.