Maltese Social Studies Series No.13
The Language Question is probably the greatest and longest controversy in Malta’s political history. It reached a climax at the turn of the twentieth century, resulted in a number of significant developments. In 1917 Mizzi was court-martialled for his beliefs and his activities in aspiring to fulfil his desire for Malta’s political union with Italy. Mizzi inherited such beliefs from his father, Fortunato Mizzi, and went a step further. He developed the Language Question into a question of nationality, interpreted in official quarters. The court martial exposes these activities and gives a picture of Mizzi’s early life, helping one to understand him even in his later life.