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TITLE Malta: People and History 2

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit will give students a coherent overview of the continuities and changes that characterize the history of Malta and its people over the centuries. The Unit will be of interest to native Maltese as it will help to fill in gaps in their knowledge and challenge received ideas and assumptions by presenting the latest scientific research. It will also be of interest to expats living in Malta who wish to better understand the past of these islands in order to make sense of their present. No prior knowledge is required - just a willingness and enthusiasm to learn.

The Unit will commence with an introductory lecture which will tackle the range and variety of themes to be presented in the following sessions; this will serve as a 'road-map' for students as it will provide the bearings necessary for them to meander through a rich, complex and evocative past.

Malta: People and History 2 will present an overview from the early nineteenth century to contemporary times, with each session being presented by an expert in that particular field. There will also be sessions dedicated to demography, geneaology and archives, which will cover a wide chronological period. Students will therefore gain a good understanding of the main events and themes in Maltese history. The lectures are organized in a chronological sequence, but there is a strong thematic element running throughout. There will be a field trip/s to archives (to be organised in due course in consultation with students).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- better appreciate and understand various phases in Maltese history;
- proceed with greater ease to the study of specific areas in Maltese history such as art, architecture, culture, politics and society;
- know how to go about approaching an archive in order to do research;
- understand and appreciate the intricacies of historical research and historiography.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- engage in more meaningful conversation and discussion on various aspects of Maltese history;
- transmit a better understanding of Maltese history to others, including visitors to the islands;
- engage critically with works on Maltese history;
- show an awareness that there are divergent points-of-view about history as a discipline and the past as a category of analysis.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Blouet, B., The story of Malta, (several editions, latest 2004).
- Fenech, D., Responsibility and Power in Inter-war Malta. Book One: Endemic Democracy, PEG, Malta 2005.
- Frendo, H., The Origins of Maltese Statehood, Interprint, Malta 2000.
- Frendo, H., Storja ta’ Malta: Zmien l-Inglizi s-Seklu Dsatax, Malta, 2004.
- Mallia-Milanes, V. (ed.), The British Colonial Experience, 1800-1964, Mireva, Malta 1988.
- Pirotta, J.M., Fortress Colony, Final Act, Studia Editions, Malta 1987-2002.

Supplementary Readings:

- Ganado, H., My Century, Malta 2004 onwards.
- Fenech, Dominic, Minding their own business : British diplomacy and the conflict between Italy and the Vatican during the pontificate of Leo XIII, 1878-1903, Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, 4 (1995).
- Chircop, John, ‘Evolution of a harbour infrastructure: from mercantile to naval control, Melita Historica Vol. XII, no. 2 (1997), p. 209-218.
- Chircop, John (ed.), Revisiting Labour History, 2012.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

Mark Aloisio (Co-ord.)
Mario Cassar
Dominic Fenech
Simon Mercieca

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