Brian Blouet makes good use of the mass of interesting material available and provides a well-balanced account of the history and present position of an island – or rather islands – which, though small, have played an important role in European affairs, over the centuries… Mr Blouet is a sympathetic as well as an objective analyst, and his study admirable captures the spirit and atmosphere of Malta and the Maltese – The Times Literary Supplement.
Dr Blouet’s knowledge of Malta and its history is very wide and he has delved deep into original sources, yet he does not forget that he is writing for the layman, so that his text is simple and readable… an excellent book – Nigel Tangye in The Geographical Journal.
This compact, comprehensive book, covers all periods of Maltese history and prehistory, including the Temple Culture, Malta in Antiquity, the Arab and Mediaeval periods, Knights of St John, the Great Siege of 1565, Malta and the Royal Navy, The Siege of 1940-42, and the post-war years leading to the creation of an independent Republic of Malta.
Huby Professor of Geography,
College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA