Thinking Aloud

Looking back 700 years in Singapore's history to glean lessons for the future

Our history reminds us that threats to our survival remain, but should also instil confidence we'll thrive

When Singapore marked the sesquicentennial - or 150th anniversary - of Raffles' landing in 1969, the overriding narrative of the time was that this island's history prior to 1819 was as a sleepy fishing village.

As it marks its bicentennial this year, organisers have made clear that activities will also look back on Singapore's 700 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 13, 2019, with the headline 'Looking back 700 years to glean lessons for the future'. Subscribe