Repubblika ta’ Malta
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. 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 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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Further Reading

  1. Statistical Information: The Central Office of Statistics (Auberge d’Italie, Valletta) was set up in 1947. It publishes Statistical Abstracts of the Maltese Island., 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.Google Scholar
  2. Government publications: Department of Information (Auberge de Castille, Malta), set up in 1955, publishes The Malta Government Gazette, Malta Information, Economic Survey 1990, Reports on the Working of Government Departments for the year 1989, Malta: Weekly Review of the Press, Report on the Organisation of the Public Service, Acts of Parliament and Subsidiary Legislation for the year 1989, Laws of Malta.Google Scholar
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  4. Trade Directory. Chamber of Commerce (annual)Google Scholar
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  10. Cremona, J. J., The Malta Constitution of 1835 and its Historical Background. Malta, 1959.— The Constitutional Developments of Malta under British Rule. Malta Univ. Press, 1963.—Human Rights Documentation in Malta. Malta Univ. Press, 1966Google Scholar
  11. Gerada, E. and Zuber, C., Malta: An Island Republic. Paris, 1979Google Scholar
  12. Price, G. A., Malta and the Maltese: A Study in 19th-century Migration. Melbourne, 1954Google Scholar
  13. Thackrah, J. R., Malta. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1985Google Scholar

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