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The Impact of External Events on Singapore

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  • 1. chapter four How did external events before WWII affect Singapore?
  • 2. Lesson Objectives
    • Impact of the Industrial Revolution
    • Impact of the opening of The Suez Canal
    • Impact of WWI
    • Impact of the The Great Depression
  • 3. The Industrial Revolution (1750-1850)
    • The revolution took place largely as a result of the setting up of factories and the invention of steam-power machines .
    • In the steam engine, coal was burnt to change water into steam. The pressure from the steam provided energy for machines to produce goods in great quantities.
  • 4. The Industrial Revolution (1750-1850)
    • The Spinning Jenny produced more cloth easily and at a faster rate in great quantities. ---  Raw materials for the factories and new markets for the manufactured goods were needed.
    • The invention of steam-powered ships meant that ships could travel faster, at any time of the year, and over longer distances.
    • Significance: These changes transformed the way people lived and worked.
  • 5. Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Singapore
    • Great Increase in Trade
      • With the invention of the steamship, more Europeans could sail to the East to obtain raw materials and find markets for their goods.
      • Result: More ships visited Singapore ---  Growth in volume of trade
  • 6. Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Singapore
    • Singapore’s role was enhanced
      • From the 1880s, Western steamships made Singapore their port-of-call, where their ships stopped to refuel, get new food supplies, sell their good and buy raw materials.
      • Many Asian traders also used steamships to transport their goods between Singapore and other neighbouring ports.
      • Result: Singapore gained importance as a port for the collection of goods from the East and the distribution of manufactured goods from the West.
  • 7. Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Singapore
    • Closer links with the World
      • Communications improved with the arrival of steamships.
      • Letters, instead of taking months to arrive, now took weeks.
      • Result: With a speedier delivery time for letters and documents, Singapore came into closer contact with the world.
  • 8. The Industrial Revolution Great Increase in Trade Singapore’s role was enhanced Closer links with the world
  • 9. The Suez Canal (1869)
    • The need for raw materials and new markets for the goods prompted merchants to seek a shorter route to the East.
    • Prior to the opening of the Suez Canal, ships traveling between Europe and Asia had to sail around the Cape of Good Hope.
    • This journey was often a perilous one, spanning the duration of 120 days. Ships could not sail during certain periods of the year as winds were not always favourable.
  • 10. The Suez Canal (1869)
  • 11. The Suez Canal (1869)
    • Ferdinand de Lesseps, a French engineer, drew plans to shorten the sea route around Africa by cutting a long canal to link the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea.
    • With the opening of the Suez route, the trade route was shortened significantly.
  • 12. Impact of the opening of the Suez Canal on Singapore
    • Lowered Shipping costs
    • Cargo and mail took a shorter time to travel from Europe to Singapore.
    • Result: Due to the savings in distance and time, the cost of shipping goods was reduced. Traders now found it faster and cheaper to get their goods from overseas .
  • 13. Impact of the opening of the Suez Canal on Singapore
    • Singapore’s role was enhanced
    • A great expansion in Singapore’s trade occurred.
    • This was due to the increased volume and ships passing through the area to refuel and collect food supplies.
    • Result: Singapore maintained its role as a port-of-call and as an important trading centre.
  • 14. Impact of the opening of the Suez Canal on Singapore
    • New Developments in Port Facilities
    • The Old Harbour in Singapore became overcrowded.
    • Result: The New Harbour was built. Due to the deep waters, steamships and sailing ships could sail right up to the harbour.
  • 15. Impact of the opening of the Suez Canal on Singapore
    • The Singapore Harbour Board was set up to make improvements to the port.
    • Result: New buildings were built (wharves, docks, storehouses and machine shops) and modern machinery (forklifts, cranes and tractors) were used.
    • Result: A railway system was set up to link the port to other parts of Malaya.
    • Implication: These improvements provided better and faster services in handling goods brought in by ships. Singapore became one of the busiest ports in Asia.
  • 16. The Opening of the Suez Canal Lowered shipping costs Singapore’s role was enhanced New Developments in port facilities
  • 17.  
  • 18. World War I (1914-1919)
    • The rivalry existing between the powers meant that the onset of war was highly possible.
    • War was sparked off when the Archduke of Austria Hungary – Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.
    • Austria-Hungary demanded action by Serbia to punish those responsible and, when Austria-Hungary deemed Serbia had not complied, declared war.
    • Within weeks, major European powers were at war because of overlapping agreements for collective defense and the complex nature of international alliances.
  • 19. Impact of World War I on Singapore
    • Temporary Inflation of food prices
    • News of the war caused the locals to rush to buy necessities .
    • Even traders from neighbouring islands stocked their shops with food they bought from Singapore.
    • Prices of necessities skyrocketed.
  • 20. Impact of World War I on Singapore
    • Controls on imports and exports
    • In a bid to fight inflation, the government forbade the export of large amounts of foodstuff to neighbouring countries.
    • The government also increased the imports of rice from Siam and Vietnam and reassured everyone that there was sufficient food.
    • Result of government actions: Prices fell and trade resumed.
  • 21. Impact of World War I on Singapore
    • Effect of the Emden Incident
    • When a German warship, the Emden arrived in the East in 1914, its presence affected trade between Singapore and Europe as it attacked British trading ships in the Indian Ocean.
    • Result: Entrepot trade declined and food could not be imported.
    • However, this was only temporary as the ship was destroyed months later.
  • 22. Impact of World War I on Singapore
    • Internal security threats
    • On Feb 1915, some Sepoys rose up against the British when they heard rumours that they might be sent to Europe or Turkey to fight against Muslims.
    • The rebels went around killing Europeans
    • The mutiny was eventually put down after 10 days.
    • The mutiny did not garner support from the locals despite causing much anxiety in Singapore.
  • 23. Impact of World War I on Singapore
    • Internal security threats
    • The majority of local Indians remained indifferent.
    • The Sikh police remained loyal to the British as well.
    • Significance: The Sepoy Mutiny reminded the British that they could not afford to be careless about Singapore’s defence.
    • It highlighted that threats to Singapore’s peace could originate internally and externally .
  • 24. WWI Temporary inflation of food prices Effect of the Emden Incident Internal Security Threats Controls on imports and exports
  • 25. The Great Depression (1930s)
    • A Depression is a time when there is a great decrease in business activities with widespread unemployment.
    • While this event occurred in America, it affected many of her trading partners , including Singapore.
    • Singapore was badly affected as she depended on trade to survive.
  • 26. Impact of the Great Depression on Singapore
    • Decrease in trade and business
    • Singapore, which was closely involved in the trading of tin and rubber, was affected as the demand for certain commodities including tin and rubber dropped.
    • Because Singapore’s economy depended largely on overseas trade, the depression caused companies in Singapore to suffer losses.
  • 27. Impact of the Great Depression on Singapore Adapted from Wong Lin Ken, Singapore: Its Growth as an Entrepot 1910-1941 in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Vol. IX No.1 282.9 1930 659.3 1925 608.4 1920 Singapore’s total trade with the West (S$m)
  • 28. Impact of the Great Depression on Singapore
    • High rates of Unemployment
    • Business sentiments were so poor that many businessmen, particularly those who depended on overseas trade, lost their wealth or became bankrupt.
    • Businessmen cut expenses by retrenching workers.
    • Result: Widespread unemployment and hardship
    • It was extremely difficult for the unemployed to find new jobs as there were limited ones available.
    • Many Indians and Chinese returned to their homeland when their family and friends could no longer support them financially.
    • In 1931, about a third of the working population was unemployed.
  • 29. Impact of the Great Depression on Singapore
    • British restrictions on immigration
    • To alleviate the economic situation, the government passed a law in 1930 to reduce and restrict the number of immigrants entering Singapore.
    • Large numbers of unemployed Chinese and Indians were sent back to their homeland.
  • 30. The Great Depression Decrease in trade and business High Rates of Unemployment British restrictions on immigration