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  • Writer's pictureMario Teng



So much of who we are is where we have been. History may not seem all that important in this modern world but as we venture into a future unknown, it influences us individually in ways we cannot always conceive.

In The Story of Singapore, we will discover the rich tapestry of our Singaporean heritage, from backwater kingdom to economic miracle.



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• Dalrymple, W. (2020). The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company. Bloomsbury Publishing.

• Fregosi, P. (1989). Dreams of Empire: Napoleon and the First World War, 1792-1815. Hutchinson.

• Hao, Z. (2011). Macau History and Society. Hong Kong University Press.

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• Johnston, D. M. (2008). The Historical Foundations of World Order: The Tower and the Arena. Maritinus Nijhoff Publishers.

• Kamen, H. (1997). Philip of Spain. Yale University Press.

• Lee, E. S. C. (2008). Singapore: The Unexpected Nation. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

• Levinson, N. S. (2001). Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World. Clarion Books.

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• Miksic, J. N. (2013). Singapore & the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800. NUS Press.

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• Munoz, P. M. (2006). Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula. Editions Didier Millet.

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• Pringle, R. D. (1918). A Brief Life of Sir Stamford Raffles: The Founder of Singapore. Methodist Publishing House.

• Scammell, G. V. (1981). The World Encompassed: The First European Maritime Empires c. 800-1650. University of California Press.

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• Turnbull, C. M. (2020). A History of Modern Singapore, 1819-2005. NUS Press.

• Wade, G. (2009). An Early Age of Commerce in Southeast Asia, 900-1300 CE. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 40(2), 221-265.

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• Wernham, R. B. (1994). The Return of the Armadas: The Last Years of the Elizabethan Wars Against Spain, 1595-1603. Clarendon Press.

• Wright, N. H. (2017). William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out from Raffles' Shadow. Entrepot Publishing.

The list above is still being continuously updated.


The theme music of this podcast is composed by Omar Chakor.



The Story of Singapore is a history podcast created by Mario Teng, tracing the historical and political developments of Singapore, from a backwater kingdom in the 1300s to an economic miracle by the turn of the 21st century.

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