The Singapore Bicentennial in 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore – a key milestone in its rich and storied history.

But, as the SG200 Collection shows, this is not where Singapore's story began. The Bicentennial celebration uses 2019 as a jumping off point to explore over 700 years of Singaporean history. Throughout 2019, locations across Singapore will be exploring and celebrating Singapore's past with a variety of cultural events, from art exhibitions to light shows, augmented reality trails to parades.

NUS Press is supplementing this with the introduction of the SG200 Collection, a group of books both new and existing which present a well-rounded, insightful, and engaging look at the long and varied life of Singapore. From its role in the regional long-distance maritime trade from 1300 onwards, through its 17th century commerce history, right up to its history as an occupied land in World War II, the SG200 collection brings together a variety of sources, texts, and perspectives to demonstrate the incredible lifespan of Singapore.

Admiral Matelieff's Singapore and Johor, 1606–1616
Edited by Peter Borschberg
2016 260pp
9789814722186 Paperback
Few authors have as much to say about Singapore and Johor in the early 17th century as Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge (c.1570-1632). This admiral of the Dutch East India Company sailed to Asia in 1605. During his Asian voyage and on his return to Europe in September 1608, Matelieff penned a series of letters and memorials in which he provided a candid assessment of trading opportunities and politics in Asia.

Home Is Not Here
Wang Gungwu
2018 216pp
9789814722926 Hardback
One of Asia's most important public intellectuals, Wang Gungwu is best-known for his explorations of Chinese history in the long view, and for his writings on the Chinese overseas. In this book the historian of grand themes turns to the intimate scale of a single life history: his own.
Ridge Books

Jacques de Coutre's Singapore and Johor, 1594-c.1625
Edited by Peter Borschberg
2015 144pp
9789971698522 Paperback
The Flemish gem trader Jacques de Coutre visited Southeast Asia in the early 17th century, and his lengthy account of his experiences provides a glimpse of Singapore, Johor and the Straits of Melaka. This special edition is designed to provide a glimpse of this tumultuous region when it was still controlled by local rulers, and Western colonialism was just gaining a foothold.

The Japanese Occupation of Malaya and Singapore, 1941-45
A Social and Economic History, Second Edition
Paul H. Kratoska
2018 446pp, 29 illustrations, 9 maps
9789971696382 Paperback
Using surviving administrative papers, oral materials, intelligence reports and post-war accounts by Japanese officers, this book presents a picture of life in occupied Malaya and Singapore. First published in 1998, this updated edition incorporates information from newly translated Japanese documents and other recent discoveries.

Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge
Security, Diplomacy and Commerce In 17th-Century Southeast Asia
Edited by Peter Borschberg
2015 688pp, 70 illustrations & maps
9789971695279 Hardback
Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, a Director in the Rotterdam chamber of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), set sail from the Dutch Republic in 1605. After his return to the Netherlands he wrote a series of epistolary reports and memoranda. Here translated into English for the first time, this collection of treaties, reports and excerpts from Matelieff's travelogue will be of great interest to students of Southeast Asian and early colonial history.

Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800
John N. Miksic
2014 300pp
9789971695583 Paperback
The overland Silk Road linking China with West Asia and Europe is a famous and fabled trade route. The sea route that was its alternative was arguably more significant, both historically and economically, and holds the greatest potential for understanding the great movements of people, ideas and goods in Asia.

Studying Singapore Before 1800
Edited by Kwa Chong Guan, Peter Borschberg
Jan 2019 600pp
9789814722742 Paperback
Historians rely on Singapore's strategic position to explain its great success as a royal trading port in the 14th century, and as a British colony after 1819. What, then, accounts for the many centuries when it seemed not to thrive? This volume collects studies about Singapore before 1800, bringing together different efforts across the 20th century at reconstructing Singapore's 'missing years'.

World War II Singapore
The Chosabu Reports on Syonan
Edited by Greg Huff & Shinobu Majima
2018 520pp
9789814722629 Hardback
For forty-four months during World War II, the Japanese occupied Singapore, setting out to drastically change life on the island. As part of the occupation, the Japanese produced detailed reports on the economy. The reports were notoriously difficult to read, and so this exceptional translation by Gregg Huff and Shinobu Majima is a true linguistic accomplishment.

All the books within the SG200 collection, along with a wide variety of NUS Press titles, are available on the bookstore now.