tracing singapore's origins: how old is singapore? stopped at pg 18…
tracing singapore's origins: how old is singapore? stopped at pg 18
how is knowledge of Singapore's early past constructed?
if you walk along singapore river today, will notice many tall buildings around boat quay
restaurants line river while bumboats ferry tourists along it
further along northern bank of river, would find a statue of Sir Stamford Raffles, British official regarded as founder of modern Singapore
raffles landed in SG at very spot where his statue is now situated. you can see his inscription in plaque below his statue
pg 8 and 9 and 10 and 11
Singapore has changed musch from what it was like when Raffles first landed in 1819
today, Sg is developed country with lots of modern facilities and skyscrapers
it is part of SEA, group of countries located south of China, east of INdia, west of Papua New guinea and north of australia
what is history
study history when we find out more about Singapore's past
study of past
when did it happen?
where did it happen?
who were involved?
why did it happen?
what were the consequences?
how do historians construct knowledge about past?
historians inquire into past by studying sorces
these sources include objects owned, used and left behind by people in past
eg painting of celebration at Borobudur found on pg 4
sources are clues from past
provide information that historians use to construct kknowledge about past
our knowledge of past is constructed when historians examine sources and make sense of info obtained to support their conclusions about past they have inquired into
constructing knowledge of singapore's early past
now asking questions about past
historians ask many questions to help them construct knowledge of past
how is singapore's early past constructed?
gathering sources of information
studying sources help us to answer questions about past
information on SG's early past can come from many different types of sources such as written accounts, oictorial records, oral traditions, or artefacts
personal and government documents, diaries, letters, newspapers, magazines and books
maps, photographs, wall paintings, posters and cartoons
legends, myths, tales and stories
things made and used by people in past, such as old coins, buildings, ornaments, clothing and shards or fragments of pottery
sources can be either primary or secondary, depending on time sources were created and whether it has direct or indirect connection with event
primary source is source that was produced close to or at time of event and in . most cases, by people who experienced event
secondary source is source that has been constructed from other sources of info , including primary sources , and may not be directly linked to people who experienced event
whether source is primary or secondary source also depends on how source has beem used to answer particular question
we can obtain info from past by askking questions about details in source. when we do this, we are examining source. info we obtainfrom examining sources can help us make good guesses about past. these guesses are known as inferences
what can historical evidence tell us about singapore's connections with world to 19th century?
pg 4 to 7