The Economy of Modern Malta

From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century

  • Paul Caruana Galizia

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 1-38
  3. Paul Caruana Galizia
    Pages 39-125
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    Pages 127-223
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    Pages 225-303
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    Pages 305-365
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    Pages 367-377
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 379-384

About this book


This book provides the first wide-ranging account of the Maltese economy in the modern era, from colonialism to European Union membership. It sets arguments about growth and development, and the impact and legacy of colonization, against detailed histories of agriculture, manufacturing and trade, and different economic policy regimes. It is based on volumes of newly collected archival evidence and the latest thinking in economic history. By extending coverage up to the present, the book explains how one of the world's smallest nation-states achieved lasting economic development, quintupling its per capita income level since 1970, when many other postcolonial and advanced economies stagnated.


Spiteri comparative economics cotton military expenditure entrepot industrial diversification liberalization

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Caruana Galizia
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  1. 1.Institute of Economic HistoryHumboldt-University of Berlin Institute of Economic HistoryBerlinGermany

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