Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew : The Beliefs Behind the Man

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Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister (from 1959 to 1990), has been an international figure not only for establishing Singapore's political and economic stability but also for fostering economic development throughout Asia. He is particularly renowned as a principle architect of the 'Asian values' campaign of the 1990s, which sought to preserve the undemocratic traits of Asian culture while attending to the demands of a capitalist economy operating globally. A critical examination of Lee's life, career, and ideas, this is the first book to analyze the origins and substance of Lee's political thought. Augmenting established primary sources with his own interviews and correspondence with Lee's old associates, Barr shows how Lee has been influenced by British and Chinese racism and elitism, western progressivism, and even the cultural evolutionism of Arnold Toynbee. This reassessment of Lee's achievements and worldview sheds new light on a key figure on the world stage.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.43mm | 481g
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • English
  • 0878408169
  • 9780878408160
  • 1,261,662

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionAbbreviationsNote on the Transliteration of Chinese 1. Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew2. Father of the Nation3. The Challenge of Progress: Hope, Fear and Praxis4. Elitism and the Search for Talent5. Cutlural Revolutions: From Malayanisation to 'Sinicisation'6. Culture, Race and Genes7. Beneath Ideology: The 'Essential' Lee Kuan Yew8. Fear and Fortune: Singapore under te Later Lee9. Faith, Conceit and Achievement: An Undestanding of Lee Kuan Yew Selected Bibliography and Other SourcesIndex
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About Michael D. Barr

Michael D. Barr teaches at Queensland University of Technology.
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