Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia
​Сингапур и изграждането на съвременна Азия
Category: Contemporary history
Language: Bulgarian


   In 1965, Singapore's GDP per capita was on a par with Jordan. Now it has outstripped Japan. After the Second World War and a sudden rupture with newly formed Malaysia, Singapore found itself independent  and facing a crisis. It took the bloody-minded determination and vision of Lee Kuan Yew, its founding premier, to take a small island of diverse ethnic groups with a fragile economy and hostile neighbours and meld it into Asia's first globalised city.
   The book examines the different faces of Singaporean life  from education and health to art, politics and demographic challenges  and reveals how in just half a century, Lee forged a country with a buoyant economy and distinctive identity. It explores the darker side of how this was achieved too: through authoritarian control that led to it being dubbed 'Disneyland with the death penalty'.
   Jeevan Vasagar, former Singapore correspondent for the Financial Times, masterfully takes us through the intricate history, present and future of this unique diamond-shaped island one degree north of the equator, where new and old have remained connected. Lion City is a personal, insightful and definitive guide to the city, and how its extraordinary rise is shaping East Asia and the rest of the world.
Publisher Ciela
Language Bulgarian
Pages 288
Illustrations b/w figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-954-28-4440-2
Creation date 2023
Size 16 х 24 cm

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