Item description for Singapore A Pictorial History by Gretchen Liu...
In less than two centuries, Singapore has transformed itself from a small seaside village into a modern metropolis. Since the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, Singapore became a thriving colony and then an independent nation state. With over 1,000 images, Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 documents all the important aspects of Singapore's history: political and economic development, the construction of the city, and the emergence of a new society. Many of these photographs give readers a glimpse into places, buildings, and social activities that have long since disappeared. Using early and contemporary photographs, paintings, lithographs, and engravings, drawn largely from the rich collection of the National Archives of Singapore, author Grechen Liu has gathered a brilliant ensemble of images that, together with her keenly written text, tells the story of Singapore.
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Studio: Didier Millet
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.7" Width: 9.8" Height: 1.5" Weight: 5.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 25, 2007
ISBN 981301881X ISBN13 9789813018815
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More About Gretchen Liu
Gretchen Liu, accomplished architectural historian, writer and journalist, has written several distinguished books on Singapore's heritage.
Reviews - What do customers think about Singapore A Pictorial History?
You won't believe this is Singapore (or how fast it changed) May 15, 2005
Its simply amazing going through Singapore's history through this book. Its almost unbelievable how much change has occured in Singapore, especially when you look at pictures of Orchard Road in the book and it looks literally like an orchard, unlike the ultra-modern shopping district it is now. Or the pictures of Bugis as an old Malay village with it just next to the shoreline, and thinking about the amount of land that has been reclaimed. You'll encounter feelings and thoughts like this over and over as you go over this book.
Recommended for the Singaporean who's curious on our own past, or for the visitor to Singpapore who wants to know more about this small island nation.
The only thing that I find disapointing with the book are the photos chosen for the "modern era" depiction of Singapore. Some of those pictures simply don't belong there, like the pictures of the local actors and actresses...