Singapore, the Straits Settlements & the politics of imperial commerce, 1819–1867

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This chapter examines the evolution of the system of government of the Straits Settlements from the acquisition by the British of Singapore to the establishment of Crown Colony status. In particular, it explores the extent to which powerful commercial interests shared the system of government and the trajectory of development of Straits governance. It offers insights into how the dominance of commercial interests which were instrumental in the success of Singapore was established early in the colonial period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSingapore
Subtitle of host publicationTwo Hundred Years of the Lion City
EditorsAnthony Webster, Nicholas J. White
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351020466
ISBN (Print)9781138496828
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia


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