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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.

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 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.

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 Michigan (Discovering the Peoples of Michigan)

By Joseph M. Lubig

Brand: Michigan State University Press
Paperback (100 pages)

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Maltese in Michigan is an enlivening volume depicting the struggles and accomplishments of a singular culture, an immigrant narrative at once recognizable and enigmatic. Without realizing it, most Americans are probably familiar with the Maltese people through the cross displayed by firefighters, which bears a strong similarity in design and meaning to the one used by the Knights of Malta. The noble qualities embodied by the Maltese Cross are reflected in the pride and accomplishments of Maltese immigrants in Michigan, a small but vibrant ethnic group. Rooted in the post–World War II experiences of the 20th century, the Maltese established themselves in the city of Detroit, and thrived due to a strong work ethic and Catholic faith, while maintaining a strong central identity. This volume is a tribute to the Maltese of Michigan and all who have begun anew in an unfamiliar land and culture.

Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France (New Anthropologies of Europe)

By Andrea L. Smith

Indiana University Press
Released: 2006-08-21
Paperback (288 pages)

Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France (New Anthropologies of Europe)
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[I]ntersects with very active areas of research in history and anthropology, and links these domains of inquiry spanning Europe and North Africa in a creative and innovative fashion." ―Douglas Holmes, Binghamton University

Maltese settlers in colonial Algeria had never lived in France, but as French citizens were abruptly "repatriated" there after Algerian independence in 1962. In France today, these pieds-noirs are often associated with "Mediterranean" qualities, the persisting tensions surrounding the French-Algerian War, and far-right, anti-immigrant politics. Through their social clubs, they have forged an identity in which Malta, not Algeria, is the unifying ancestral homeland. Andrea L. Smith uses history and ethnography to argue that scholars have failed to account for the effect of colonialism on Europe itself. She explores nostalgia and collective memory; the settlers’ liminal position in the colony as subalterns and colonists; and selective forgetting, in which Malta replaces Algeria, the "true" homeland, which is now inaccessible, fraught with guilt and contradiction. The study provides insight into race, ethnicity, and nationalism in Europe as well as cultural context for understanding political trends in contemporary France.

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’.

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.

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.

Malta: A Photographic Journey

By Beautiful World Escapes

Mythos Publishing
Released: 2018-02-15
Kindle Edition (6 pages)

Malta: A Photographic Journey
 
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Beautiful World Escapes takes you on a fascinating journey to Malta, one of the world’s most beautiful and popular destinations. The home of Valletta, the Blue Lagoon, Marsaxlokk, the Citadel, and many others, Malta captures the imagination with each step. Be inspired by the glittering cityscapes, the ancient temples, popular attractions, scenic spots, and night scenes that leave the reader breathless. With photos taken by some of the world’s most skilled photographers, Malta: A Photographic Journey is the ultimate introduction to one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

Malta: A Photographic Journey is a photobook containing hundreds of photos showcasing the destinations unique history, culture, and geography.


 
 
 

 
 
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