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Singapore History Bibliography

Colonial History and the Straits Settlements

Abdullah Abdul Kadir. (1969). The Hikayat Abdullah: The autobiography of Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir, 1797-1854. (A. H. Hill, Trans.). Singapore: Oxford University Press. (Original work published 1849).

Chiang, H. D. (1978). A history of Straits Settlements foreign trade, 1870-1915. Singapore: National Museum of Singapore.

Cooper, B. C. (2001). Decade of change: Malaya and the Straits settlement, 1936-1945. Singapore: Brash.

Khoo, J. E. (1996). The Straits Chinese: A cultural history. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Pepin Press.

Makepeace, W., Brooke, G. E., & Braddell, R. S. J. (1921). One hundred years of Singapore, being some account of the capital of the Straits Settlements from its foundation by Sir Stamford Raffles on the 6th February 1819 to the 6th February 1919. London, England: Murray.

Tate, D. J. M. (1989). Straits affairs: The Malay world and Singapore: Being glimpses of the Straits Settlements and the Malay Peninsula in the nineteenth century as seen through the illustrated London news and other contemporary sources. Hong Kong, China: Nicholson.

Trocki, C. A. (2007). Prince of pirates: The Temenggongs and the development of Johor and Singapore, 1784-1885 (2nd ed.). Singapore: NUS Press.

Vaughan, J. D. (1974). The manners and customs of the Chinese of the Straits Settlements (Reprint ed.). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Oxford University Press.

Warren, J. F. (2003). Rickshaw coolie: A people's history of Singapore, 1880-1940. Singapore: Singapore University Press.

Pictorial Works of Old Singapore

Cheah, J. S. (2006). Singapore: 500 early postcards. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet.

Falconer, J., & Liu, G. (1987). A vision of the past: A history of early photography in Singapore and Malaya: The photographs of G.R. Lambert & Co., 1880-1910. Singapore: Times Editions.

Hall-Jones, J., & Thomson, J. T. (1983). The Thomson paintings: Mid-nineteenth century paintings of the Straits Settlements and Malaya. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

Lai, C. K. (2015). Through the lens of Lee Kip Lin: Photographs of Singapore 1965-1995. Singapore: National Library Board: Editions Didier Millet.

Lee, G. B. (2005). Reminiscences of the Straits Settlements through postcards. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: National Archives of Malaysia; Singapore: National Archives of Singapore.

National Archives of Singapore. (2005). Singapore historical postcards from the National Archives collection. Singapore: Times Editions-Marshall Cavendish.

Porter, G. W. (2015). Singapore 60s: An age of discovery. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Toh, J. (2009). Singapore through 19th century photographs. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet.

Wong, H. S., & Waterson, R. (2010). Singapore through 19th century prints & paintings. Singapore: National Museum of Singapore.

Yeoh, B. S. A., & Wong, T. (2007). Over Singapore 50 years ago: An aerial view in the 1950s. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet.

Zhuang, J., Zainal, Z., & Wee, H. G. (2012). Mosaic memories: Remembering the playgrounds Singapore grew up in. Retrieved from

Singapore History Sources and Bibliographies

Archives and Oral History Department. (1981). Catalogue of records on microfilm, 1981. Singapore: Author.

Chronicle of Singapore 1959-2009: Fifty years of headlline news. (2009). Singapore: Editions Didier Millet.

Hussin, M. (1995). Singapore Malay/Muslim community 1819-1994: A bibliography. Singapore: Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore.

Hong, L. (2008). The scripting of a national history: Singapore and its pasts. Singapore: NUS Press.

Lim, P. P. H., Southerwood, M., & Hui, K. (1992). Singapore, Malaysian and Brunei newspapers: An international union list (Rev. and enl. ed.). Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Loh, K. S., & Liew, K. K. (2010). The makers & keepers of Singapore history. Singapore: Ethos Books.

Ong, C. S., & Phillips, A. (1989). Guide to the sources of history in Singapore. Singapore: National Archives of Singapore.

Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Malayan Branch. (1923). Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society [microform]. Singapore: Author.

Saw, S.-H. (2005). Bibliography of Singapore demography. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Tan, B., Ang, S. L., & Noryati, A. S. (2007). A Baba bibliography: A select annotated listing of sources on the Peranakan Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore: National Library Board.

Sir Stamford Raffles

Ahmat Adam. (2009). Letters of sincerity: The Raffles collection of Malay letters (1780-1824): A descriptive account with notes and translation. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Bastin, J. S. (2009). Letters and books of Sir Stamford Raffles and Lady Raffles: The Tang Holdings Collection of autograph letters and books of Sir Stamford Raffles and Lady Raffles. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet.

Boulger, D. C. d. K. (1999). The life of Sir Stamford Raffles. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Pepin Press.

Collis, M. (2000). Raffles: The definitive biography. Singapore: Brash.

Edwards, V. (2012). Sir Stamford Raffles. Singapore: Pearson Education South Asia.

Glendinning, V. (2012). Raffles and the golden opportunity 1781-1826. London, England: Profile Books.

Loh, A. (Ed.). (1997). Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles: A comprehensive bibliography. Singapore: Singapore Resource Library, National Library Board.

Raffles, S. (1991). Memoir of the life and public services of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

Wijeysingha, E. (2004). The eagle breeds a gryphon: A history of Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College, 1823-2003 (New ed.). Singapore: Raffles Institution.

The War Years

Akashi, Y., & Yoshimura, M. (2008). New perspectives on the Japanese occupation in Malaya and Singapore, 1941-1945. Singapore: NUS Press.

Bose, R. (2005). The end of the war: Singapore's liberation and the aftermath of the Second World War. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions.

Bose, R. (2005). Secrets of the Battlebox: The history and role of Britain's command HQ during the Malayan campaign. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions.

Cheah, B. K. (2012). Red star over Malaya: Resistance and social conflict during and after the Japanese occupation of Malaya, 1941-46. Singapore: NUS Press.

Corfield, J. J. (2012). The fall of Singapore: 90 days: November 1941-February 1942. Singapore: Talisman Publishing.

Lee, G. B. (2005). The Syonan years: Singapore under Japanese rule 1942-1945. Singapore: National Archives of Singapore.

Simson, I. (1970). Singapore: Too little, too late: The failure of Malaya's defences in 1942. Singapore: Asia Pacific Press.

Smith, C. (2005). Singapore burning: Heroism and surrender in World War II. London, England: Viking.

Tan, S. T. L., Tay, H. M., Pitt, K. W., Leong, W. K., & National Archives (Singapore). (2009). Syonan years, 1942-1945: Living beneath the rising sun = Zhao nan shi dai: Xingjiapo lun xian san nian ling ba ge yue. Singapore: National Archives of Singapore.

Thompson, P. (2005). The battle for Singapore: The true story of Britain's greatest military disaster. London, England: Portrait.

Wong, H. S., Ho, V. (2009). Wartime kitchen: Food and eating in Singapore, 1942-1950. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet.

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