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Raffles Renounced : Towards A Merdeka History

Author :  Alfian Sa'at, Faris Joraimi and Sai Siew Min

Product Details

  • Country Singapore
  • Publisher Ethos Books, Singapore
  • ISBN9789811420382
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2021
  • Bib. Info280p. Includes Index
  • Product Weight480 gms.
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Product Description

Why did independent Singapore celebrate two hundred years of its founding as a British colony in 2019? Why did it do so with a history dating from 1299? And what are the possibilities of doing decolonial history in Singapore? Raffles Renounced: Towards a Merdeka History presents essays by historians, literary scholars and artists which grapple with these questions. The volume also reproduces some of the source material used in the play Merdeka / 獨立 / சுதந்திரம் (Wild Rice, 2019). Taken together, the book shows how the contradictions of independent nationhood haunt Singaporeans' collective and personal stories about Merdeka. It points to the need for a Merdeka history: an open and fearless culture of historical reckoning that not only untangles us from colonial narratives, but proposes emancipatory possibilities.

Content Details

1. Singapore ? Historiography. 2. Singapore ? History.

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