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Did Singapore Have to Fall?

Churchill and the Impregnable Fortress, 1st Edition

By Karl Hack, Kevin Blackburn

Routledge

324 pages

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Description

This book provides a sophisticated summary of up-to-date knowledge on the Fall of Singapore, including the critical tensions between Churchill and local commanders. A focus on the role of Churchill, and on his understanding of the guns and Singapore's fortifications, makes the Fortress central to understanding why and how Singapore fell as it did. The book includes a range of quotations that give the flavour of the time and the essence of the debates. No other book allows the reader to get a clear overview of the base, the plans, the campaign, the guns and the remaining heritage, all in one place.

Reviews

'… a major and original contribution to what the author's call the "never-ending post-mortem" destined to continue not simply for want of an authoritative inquiry conducted at the time but more especially with ever-changing perspectives'.

A. J. Stockwell (Royal Holloway, University of London), The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Singapore in 1941

3. The Fatal Decisions

4. The Campaign

5. The Guns of Singapore

6. After the Battle

Index

About the Authors

Karl Hack teaches history at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He specialises in Southeast Asian history, imperialism and counterinsurgency.

Kevin Blackburn teaches history at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is an Australian historian who specialises in Australian history and in war and memory.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS003000
HISTORY / Asia / General
HIS027130
HISTORY / Military / Other
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General