The history of Singapore is widely understood as a history of its economic success. From its heyday as a nexus of trade during the imperial era to the ‘technotropolis’ that boasts high living standards for most of its citizens, Singapore as a historical subject is often viewed through the lens of the ruling elite. By expending the need to acknowledge the historical function of the citizenry in the island's socio‐economic development, the policies and personalities of the Singaporean leadership have been erroneously and simplistically used by many as an example of how the sheer genius of a few can triumph in the face of overwhelming adversity. This article seeks to trace tangents in the wider development of Singapore's historiography in order to account for the general disinterest in people's histories of Singapore.
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|