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Title: Politics, religion and education in nineteenth century Malta
Authors: Cassar, George
Keywords: Education -- Malta -- History -- 19th century
Malta -- History -- 19th century
Malta -- Religion -- 19th century
Malta -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Cassar, G. (2003). Politics, religion and education in nineteenth century Malta. Journal of Maltese Educational Research, 1(1), 96-118.
Abstract: Malta became a British colony in 1800 and its function was that of a fortress within an imperial network. This influenced all that happened in the colony along the nineteenth century. Not least affected was the sphere of education where a main feature of Anglicisation was the forceful attempt to change Malta’s everyday school language from Italian to English. This was no easy task as the Maltese pro-Italian party, the Nationalists, made every effort to impede and overturn any such British attempt. To add to the tension, the British were religiously Protestant and this clashed with the sentiments of the predominantly Roman Catholic native population. Thus the vigilant Catholic Church viewed with suspicion all that was attempted in education by the colonial Government. There was a continuous concern that the British would use schools to convert the Maltese to Protestantism. In such an atmosphere life in schools was by no means easygoing. Teachers bore the brunt of contrasts and concerns without having the space to show their distress.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:JMER, Volume 1, Issue 1
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