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Maltese History


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Malta: A Panoramic History - A Narrative History of the Maltese Islands

By Joseph S. Abela

Publishers Enterprise Group
Paperback (248 pages)

Malta: A Panoramic History - A Narrative History of the Maltese Islands
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1999, 2nd revised trade paperback edition, Publishers Enterprises Group, Malta. 248 pages. In English. Great illustrations here, a mix of B&W / vintage / modern photos, along with full-color photos / paintings, as well as maps / illustrations. Well written, historical overview, a title "... aimed especially at the first-time visitor to the Islands."

Maltese and Other Languages: A Linguistic History of Malta (Maltese Social Studies)

By Joseph M. Brincat

Midsea Books
Hardcover (536 pages)

Maltese and Other Languages: A Linguistic History of Malta (Maltese Social Studies)
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Throughout the ages, the Maltese language has undergone a series of internal changes as well as modifications and accretions caused by various external forces. As a result the Maltese language has been shaped by its inhabitants' interactions with all the peoples who, throughout the centuries, have landed on the islands to govern it or establish colonies there. The population of the Maltese islands has multiplied in the past one thousand years, rising to around 400,000, and such a rapid increase in such a small place could not fail to exert a strong influence on the linguistic scenario. The increase in population was due not only to natural growth but also to cumulative waves of settlers from abroad. Social interaction between the locals and the visitors was strong, bilingual communication took place in various domains at all social levels and relations were especially strong when mixed marriages took place. For this reason, a history of the Maltese language must be seen in the wider context of a linguistic history of the Maltese islands and will offer linguists belonging to both the historical and typological fields an intriguing case study of what can be considered a "minor" language from the international point of view (used only in a small state, but spoken by the great majority of the islanders) which has managed to survive alongside a series of "major" languages such as Arabic, Latin, Sicilian, Italian and English, languages which were widely spoken and written abroad and which also enjoyed prestige in Malta itself but whose local circulation was generally limited to the literate minority.

The Maltese Cross: A Strategic History of Malta (Contributions in Military Studies)

By Dennis Castillo

Praeger
Hardcover (280 pages)

The Maltese Cross: A Strategic History of Malta (Contributions in Military Studies)
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Malta is one of the smallest nations in the world, yet has one of the longest histories of any country. The accidents of geology and geography produced an island at the center of the Mediterranean with a large harbor and ample resources for the construction of fortifications. As a result, the Maltese bore witness to many of the great conflicts in world history, from the Punic Wars, to Napoleon's conquests, to the North African and Mediterranean campaigns during World War II.

Covering the entire sweep of the island's history, Castillo argues that not only was Malta's geographic location critical, its people played a crucial role in many of these struggles. The Maltese contributed largely to the defense of the islands when invaded by the Ottoman Turks in 1565, and the people rebelled against French rule after Napoleon evicted the Knights of Malta. During World War II, Malta became a strategic hub for the Allies' Mediterranean campaign, and the islands endured some of the most sustained and intensive bombing during the war― up to 15 tons of bombs per square mile. Includes chapters on the Knights of Malta, the 1565 siege, Napoleon's invasion, Malta's role in World War II, and modern Malta.

Early Relations between Malta and the United States of America (Maltese Social Studies)

By Joseph Cassar

Midsea Books
Hardcover (140 pages)

Early Relations between Malta and the United States of America (Maltese Social Studies)
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Early Relation between Malta and USA deals with the political, social and economic and diplomatic crosscurrents that prevailed in the Mediterranean in the late 18th century, when the Maltese islands were still under the domination of the Knights of St John, and in the early 19th century when the islands passed under British rule. It describes how local circumstances and foreign developments exercised a profound influence in shaping the nature and extent of the relations between Malta and USA.

Knights, Buccaneers, and Sugar Cane: The Caribbean Colonies of the Order of Malta (Maltese Social Studies Series)

By Thomas Freller

Midsea Books
Released: 2015-12-14
Hardcover (176 pages)

Knights, Buccaneers, and Sugar Cane: The Caribbean Colonies of the Order of Malta (Maltese Social Studies Series)
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In the middle of the seventeenth century, apart from such leading powers and commercial giants as Spain, Portugal, England, France, and the Netherlands, all of a sudden even the minuscule Order of St John joined in the global race for colonies. In 1651 the Order acquired the islands of St Kitts (St Christopher), St Martin, St Bartholomew, and St Croix, and in the next years, in spite of many obstacles, tried to make them profitable. The history of these events not only sheds light on the international, indeed worldwide, networking of the Order but also on the personal ambitions and greed of a new ‘globalized’ age. This book presents the long overdue full story of this, until now only scarcely researched, colourful episode in the long and chequered history of the Knights of St John.

Maltese in Detroit (Images of America Series)

By Diane Gale Andreassi

Brand: Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2011-02-28
Paperback (128 pages)

Maltese in Detroit (Images of America Series)
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Most Maltese immigrants came to the United States during the first decades of the 20th century after the discharge of skilled workers from the Royal British Dockyard in 1919 following the end of World War I. More than 1,300 Maltese came to the United States in the first quarter of 1920. Many people found work in the automobile industry, and with about 5,000 residents, Detroit had the largest Maltese population in the United States. Maltese in Detroit focuses on the many people of Maltese descent who made their homes in Detroit’s Corktown area. By the mid-1920s, it is believed that more than 15,000 Maltese had settled in the United States. After World War II , the Maltese government launched a program to pay passage for Maltese willing to immigrate and remain abroad for at least two years. By the mid-1990s, an estimated more than 70,000 Maltese immigrants and descendants were living in the United States, with the largest single community in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs.

By Order of Napoleon: The Taking of Malta

By Joe Scicluna

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (154 pages)

By Order of Napoleon: The Taking of Malta
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This book is a chronological compilation of Bonaparte’s orders issued during and after the invasion of Malta in 1798. He gave orders to capture Gozo, Mdina, St. Paul and of course the city of Valletta. Napoleon’s orders were very specific in terms of how the French were to treat the Knights, the Maltese, and the clergy. They included radical health and education reforms intended to align Malta’s administration to the new revolutionary ideology of the French republic. He abolished nobility and slavery. He reorganized the clergy and redefined its sphere of influence. He also ordered the removal of the Order’s silver and other precious items from St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. The goal is not to judge, praise or criticize the French occupation of Malta, but to give the reader access to source documents and hopefully give some perspective to those momentous events that radically changed the course of Malta’s history.

Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History: Trade, Piracy, and Naval Warfare in the Central Mediterranean (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology)

By Ayse Devrim Atauz

University Press of Florida
Hardcover (528 pages)

Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History: Trade, Piracy, and Naval Warfare in the Central Mediterranean (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology)
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For millennia, Malta has always been considered a site of strategic importance. From the arrival of the Phoenicians through rule under Carthage, Rome, Sicilian Arabs, Normans, and Genovese, to the Order of St. John ("Knights of Malta"), the advent of the Napoleonic Wars, and even World Wars I and II, the Maltese islands have served as re-provisioning stations, military bases, and refuges for pirates and privateers.
 
Building on her systematic underwater archaeological survey of the Maltese archipelago, Ayse Atauz presents a sweeping, groundbreaking, interdisciplinary approach to maritime history in the Mediterranean. Offering a general overview of essential facts, including geographical and oceanographic factors that would have affected the navigation of historic ships, major relevant historical texts and documents, the logistical possibilities of ancient ship design, a detailed study of sea currents and wind patterns, and especially the archaeological remains (or scarcity thereof) around the Maltese maritime perimeter, she builds a convincing argument that Malta mattered far less in maritime history than has been previously asserted.
 
Atauz's conclusions are of great importance to the history of Malta and of the Mediterranean in general, and her archaeological discoveries about ships are a major contribution to the history of shipbuilding and naval architecture.
 

Air Battle of Malta: Aircraft Losses and Crash Sites, 1940 - 1942

By Anthony Rogers

PEN SWORD BOOKS
Released: 2017-06-26
Hardcover (240 pages)

Air Battle of Malta: Aircraft Losses and Crash Sites, 1940 - 1942
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In the Second World War, Malta was besieged for nearly two and a half years, during which time a decisive air war was waged between Britain, Italy and Germany. 

This is part of that story, from the early days in June 1940, when only a few Gladiator biplanes were available to combat Italian bombers and fighters, to the intervention of the Luftwaffe and the tenuous defense by outclassed Hurricanes, culminating in the desperate months of fighting following the arrival on Malta of the Spitfire in March 1942.

What became of the many aircraft destroyed over the Maltese Islands, and what was the fate of their pilots and crews?

More than a thousand aircraft were lost. Many crashed into the Mediterranean; others came down on Malta and the neighboring island of Gozo. This book focuses on the latter – some 200 British, Italian and German machines, and the fate of their pilots and crews. It reveals where those airplanes fell, thus providing a record that will continue to be valued by future generations.

This comprehensive volume documents all known aircraft crash sites in and around the Maltese Islands and provides the circumstances of each loss are related in detail with accounts from both sides.

In Germany especially there are many still unaware of the fate of family members who never returned after the Second World War. This book reveals what happened to some who even today are still officially listed as ‘missing’.

The Development of the Maltese Insurance Industry: A Comprehensive Study

By Mark Laurence Zammit;Jonathan Spiteri;Simon Grima

Emerald Publishing Limited
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Malta is the only country in the European Union, and one of only six countries in the world, that has not had a banking crisis since the 1970s. Despite its lack of raw materials, Malta currently has one of the lowest rates of unemployment and inflation in the EU, as well as a positive GDP. Yet there are only a few studies on the development of the industry that contributes most to its economy, the financial services industry.

Drawing upon empirical findings, archival research, and interviews, Zammit, Spiteri, and Grima fill a major gap in the literature by delivering a study of the development of the Maltese insurance industry. The authors collect literature and insights from prominent figureheads in order to outline the history of this major sector of the Maltese economy, tracing its roots back to the earliest inhabitants of the island, through to the expansion of its maritime trade, and working right up to the present with the emergence of more complex and sophisticated insurance services and products. The success of Malta's specific risk-management practices, generally characterized by risk-avoidance and prudence, is shown to have implications beyond Maltese financial policy and regulatory development: it offers concrete guidance from a small-scale "laboratory" for the complex policy and development decisions of larger nations.

This study is of interest to students and academics of insurance, risk management, and financial services, and it offers food for thought and guidance to practitioners and policy makers.


 
 
 

 
 
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