This extensive reference work is a narrative of some of the main events in the life of twentieth century Malta. It chronicles the small, albeit important world of, amongst other things, Maltese identity, language, travail, startegic importance, politics, religion and diaspora. The narrative looks back without anger, bias or hindsight at Mlatese achievements and setbacks. It also augurs hope and encouragement for a future that must be build on that past. Above all, it is a celebration of the life of all Maltese and foreigners whose twentieth century destiny was to be intertwined with that of an overcrowded island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean.