Repubblika ta’ Malta
  • 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 to 1530 it was subject to the same rulers as Sicily. Subsequently, the Knights of St John 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 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. Malta became independent on 21 Sept. 1964 and a republic within the Commonwealth on 13 Dec. 1974. On 16 July Malta applied for full membership of the European Union.


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Further Reading

  1. Central Office of Statistics (Lascaris, Valletta). Statistical Abstracts of the Maltese Islands, 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. Department of Information (3 Castille Place, Valletta). The Malta Government Gazette, Malta Information, Economic Survey [year], Reports on the Working of Government Departments, The Maltese Economy in Figures, 1986–1995, Business Opportunities on Malta, Acts of Parliament and Subsidiary Legislation, Laws of Malta, Constitution of Malta 1992.Google Scholar
  3. Central Bank of Malta. Annual Reports.Google Scholar
  4. Chamber of Commerce (annual). Trade Directory.Google Scholar
  5. Berg, W. G., Historical Dictionary of Malta. Metuchen (NJ), 1995Google Scholar
  6. Boswell, D. and Beeley, B., Malta. [Bibliography] 2nd ed. ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1998.Google Scholar
  7. The Malta Yearbook. VallettaGoogle Scholar
  8. National statistical office: Central Office of Statistics, Auberge d’Italie, Valletta.Google Scholar

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