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Historical dictionary of Malta
Berg, Warren G., 1924-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : The Scarecrow Press, [1995]

Physical Description:
xxi, 163 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
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DG989.8 .B47 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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A handy reference that provides an introduction to the history of the strategic archipelago of Malta. The entries cover the political, economic, and social situation in the country since its independence from Britain in 1964. Invaluable to those in the scholarly professions, many laypersons, and even casual tourists.

Author Notes

Warren Berg (Ph.D., M.A., University of Iowa; B.A. Luther College) is Professor Emeritus, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where he has served for 47 years in the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Management, most of it as Department Head. In 1966-67 he was selected to be the first Senior Fullbright Professor at the Royal University of Malta, lecturing in Economics. In 1988-89, upon his retirement from Luther College, he gained a second appointment to the University of Malta, lecturing in International Business. He and his wife, Jan, have directed five student study-tours to Malta in addition to personal visits there.

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Booklist Review

The seventy-sixth installment in the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of Europe series focuses on a tiny Mediterranean island nation that has been the stopping point for people from widely divergent cultures throughout history. At different times, Malta has been occupied by Arabs, British, Carthaginians, French, and Normans, among others. Today, Malta is the smallest member of the European Union, whether measured by population or landmass. However, this fact does not make Malta insignificant. In many ways, its history, politics, and culture are a microcosm of Europe's. This volume is a second edition, significantly expanding and updating the original 1995 version. Entries are alphabetically arranged and cover biographical, economic, linguistic, geographical, religious, and social topics in brief. Sample topics include Arab rule, Emigration, Flag of Malta, Tourism, and Women. Most entries are less than a page long and contain numerous cross-references. The A-Z entries are preceded by a chronology and introductory essay. The chronology is quite detailed, especially from the year of Malta's independence, 1964, onward. Some helpful maps are included, both historical and current. The opening 19-page essay covers geography and prehistoric inhabitants as well as later occupiers and colonizers, nationhood, economic and social development, and the European Union. A bibliography of more than 30 pages comes at the end substantial enough to warrant its own table of contents, with print and electronic resources divided into categories. This is a wonderful aid for a user wishing to conduct further research. Overall, this volume would be a good addition for both academic and large public libraries.--Tosko, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist