Malta consists of a minuscule central Mediterranean archipelago whose geographical isolation made possible the development of peculiar characteristics starting from prehistoric times. At the same time cultural influences from neighbouring southern European and North African states continued to be integrated into the socio-cultural fabric of Malta. This book aims to provide a clear and informative guide to the history of Malta which is both Mediterranean and European- an island where the burden of the past weighs heavily on the present.
Among the central themes of the book are the relationship between state, economy and society ; Malta’s strategic position in the Mediterranean ; the impact of war ; and the way political power was used, in whose interests and with what consequences. It takes into account the great figures of Maltese history- St Paul, Count Roger the Norman, Grand Master La Valette, the two Mizzis, Strickland, Borg Oliver, and Mintoff.