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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.

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.

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."

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.

Malta 1940–42: The Axis' air battle for Mediterranean supremacy (Air Campaign)

By Ryan K. Noppen

Osprey Publishing
Released: 2018-02-20
Paperback (96 pages)

Malta 1940–42: The Axis  air battle for Mediterranean supremacy (Air Campaign)
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In 1940, the strategically vital island of Malta was Britain's last toehold in the central Mediterranean, wreaking havoc among Axis shipping. Launching an air campaign to knock Malta out of the war, first Italy and then Germany sought to force a surrender or reduce the defenses enough to allow an invasion.

Drawing on original documents, multilingual aviation analyst Ryan Noppen explains how technical and tactical problems caused the original Italian air campaign of 1940–41 to fail, and then how the German intervention came close to knocking Malta out of the war. Using stunning full color artwork, this fascinating book explains why the attempt by the Axis powers to take the British colony of Malta ultimately failed.

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.

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.

Malta and the Grand Tour (Maltese Social Studies)

By Thomas Freller

Midsea Books
Hardcover (779 pages)

Malta and the Grand Tour (Maltese Social Studies)
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The phenomenon of the European Grand Tour to Italy, Sicily, or France has been extensively treated, but its extension to Malta has never analyzed at length. The term 'Grand Tour' is mainly used to describe the European giro in the eighteenth century, but, to present a fuller picture, this book includes the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well as the first decades of the nineteenth century. It throws light on the role of Malta in the period of the Ancien Regime, which in itself implies a certain homogeneity in European society and culture. As this was the period when the island was governed by the cosmopolitan Order of St John, many phenomena and developments of European culture also found their echoes in the microcosm of Malta. The travellers' tales and descriptions reflect this development. A closer look at the single cases of the European travellers suggests that the remote Malta of the Knights kept on attracting a tremendous number of visitors. In spite of the upheavals, crises, and often deep uncertainty that mark the early modern period of European history, remote Malta was the focus of the interest for Catholics as well as Protestants, and people from France, Spain, Italy, England, the German lands, and the Scandinavian countries. This book embraces the whole colourful spectrum of visitors to Malta when it was ruled by the Order of St John. Visitors' perception did not change much when, after the short intermezzo of the French occupation, British Malta remained a magnet for travelers. In fact nineteenth-century Malta was honoured with the visits of some of the greatest names of European culture and politics: Flaubert, Lamartine, Scott, Thackeray, Dumas, Gogol, Andersen, Byron, Verne, Garibaldi, Nelson, and Disraeli, to name but a few. Others, like Coleridge, were temporary residents. This book ends in the late nineteenth century when the Moloch of industrialization had laid its strangling grip on nearly all aspects of life and culture. It also started to sweep away the last patina of nostalgic, romantic, and adventurous travelling, as the era of mass tourism lay on the horizon.

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.


 
 
 

 
 
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