The History of Singapore

PJ Thum

A weekly podcast about Singapore history by Dr PJ Thum. In season 1, the podcast traces the history of Singapore's independence, from its founding as a British port in 1819 to its separation from Malaysia in 1965. To support the podcast, please visit...Show More


33:29 | Oct 14th, 2016

In this episode - the final episode of season 1 -, PJ Thum takes listener questions. Questions include comparisons of Singapore/Federation and Hong Kong/China; on British attitudes to the Barisan and ...Show More

34:59 | Oct 7th, 2016

After years of long drawn out sound and fury and violence, the final conspiracy for separation was conducted in absolute secrecy, between a tiny group of people, and in a massive rush. In this episode...Show More
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38:19 | Sep 30th, 2016

As late as October 1964, separation was still unthinkable. But from November 1964 onwards, the situation slowly deteriorated. The road to separation was long and there were many opportunities to stop ...Show More

39:22 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Singapore has never had a race riot - so why do we call the riots of 1964 “race” riots? In this episode, PJ Thum explains how the elections of 1963 and 1964, the starkly divergent political circumstan...Show More

35:36 | Sep 16th, 2016

The mutual antipathy between Federation and Singapore ministers nearly sank merger before it happened, and ensured that Malaysia would be birthed into a poisoned atmosphere. In this episode, PJ Thum d...Show More
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