• S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Malta was held in turn by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans and was conquered by Arabs in 870. From 1090 it was joined to 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 subsequently 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 Islands were finally annexed to the British Crown by the Treaty of Paris in 1814.


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Books of Reference

  1. Statistical Information. The Central Office of Statistics (1 Windmill Street, Valletta) was set up in 1947. It publishes Statistical Abstracts of the Maltese Islands, a quarterly digest of statistics, monthly vital statistics and annual publications on foreign trade, shipping and aviation, education, taxation, agriculture and industry.Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUSA

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