• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Malta was held in turn by Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans, and was conquered by Arabs in 870. From 1090 it was subject to the same rulers as Sicily until 1530, when it was handed over to the Knights of St John, who ruled until dispersed by Napoleon in 1798. The Maltese rose in rebellion against the French and the island was blockaded by the British, aided by the Maltese from 1798 to 1800. The Maltese people freely requested the protection of the British Crown in 1802 on condition that their rights and privileges be preserved. The island was finally annexed to the British Crown by the Treaty of Paris in 1814. Malta became independent on 21 Sept. 1964 and a republic within the Commonwealth on 13 Dec. 1974. On 1 May 2004 Malta joined the European Union.


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Further Reading

  1. National Statistics Office (Lascaris, Valletta). Abstract of Statistics, a quarterly digest of statistics, quarterly and annual trade returns, annual vital statistics and annual publications on shipping and aviation, education, agriculture, industry, National Accounts and Balance of Payments. Malta in Figures 2010.Google Scholar
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  6. Pace, Roderick, The European Union’s Mediterranean Enlargement: Cyprus and Malta. 2006Google Scholar
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