The Swiss in Singapore

The Swiss in Singapore

by Andreas Zangger


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Since the founding of colonial Singapore, the Swiss have been active on the island, whether as traders, naturalists, or tourists fascinated by the exoticism of the East. Discover the stories of Swiss-made sarongs, of Swiss Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse's time in Singapore and of the evolution of the longstanding Swiss Club from its early days as the Swiss Rifle Shooting Club. Historian Andreas Zangger also provides the background to the close economic and diplomatic relationship between the two countries today. This fascinating history is accompanied by an assortment of contemporary and archival images, photographs and documents. The Swiss in Singapore is the perfect guide to the past, present and potential of the small but important Swiss community in the country that is often described as the 'Switzerland of the East'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814385688
Publisher: Didier Millet,Csi
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Dr Andreas Zangger, originally from Switzerland, is a freelance historian living in Amsterdam. In 2006 he joined the University of Zurich’s Research Priority Program on Asia and Europe: Exchanges and Encounters. He received his PhD in 2010. His thesis, which was published in 2011 as Koloniale Schweiz, examined the relationships between Switzerland, Singapore and Sumatra in the late colonial era.

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