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By Derek Heng, Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied

Singapore in worldwide background explores Singapore’s prior and current during the lens of world background. It analyses Singapore as a city-state and provides an interdisciplinary point of view to the research of its development. The reviews offered right here display that Singapore’s historical past and development have implications that stretch to Southeast Asia and the realm. This e-book might be of curiosity to economists, sociologists and political scientists, in addition to these attracted to imperial background, enterprise heritage, and networks.

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As such, the state of affairs in China did not directly result in the Malay region’s geo-political reconfiguration. Instead, Tang recognition of ­Srivijaya by 683 allowed it to complete the construction of the Malay regional structure that it had begun to construct half a century ago. ­Srivijaya’s exclusive prerogative in driving the Malay region’s external interactions across the South China Sea and the two-tier geo-political structure in the Malacca Straits established by the late seventh century, appear to have been based on two key premises.

Finally, the economy was orientated towards the South China Sea and Java Sea, reflecting the place of South China, Thailand and Java as the key economic markets that were accessible to Temasik and the southern Malacca Straits during this time. As a polity, Temasik was, unlike Srivijaya in the late seventh to early twelfth centuries, unable to proactively influence the trajectory of its fortunes. This passivity, or general inability, to exercise human agency may be seen in the maritime characteristics of the Temasik.

More importantly, the absence of any mention of identifiable Malay port polities in Chinese official documents dating back to before the Tang period suggests that at least in the mind of the Chinese state, the Malay region did not figure significantly, if at all, in the maritime region south of the Bay of Tonkin. As such, it may be more accurate to interpret the pattern of missions as a situation where there was no coherent strategy in charting or determining the region’s relations across the South China Sea.

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