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Title: The island order state on Malta, and its harbour c.1530−c.1624
Authors: Abela, Joan
Buttigieg, Emanuel
Keywords: Harbors -- Malta -- History -- 16th century
Harbors -- Malta -- History -- 17th century
Knights of Malta -- History -- 16th century
Knights of Malta -- History -- 17th century
Hospitalers -- Malta -- History -- 16th century
Valletta (Malta) -- History -- 16th century
Malta -- Commerce -- History -- 16th century
Order of St John -- History -- 16th century
Order of St John -- History -- 17th century
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Progress Press
Citation: Abela, J., & Buttigieg, E. (2018). The island order state on Malta, and its harbour c.1530−c.1624. In C. Vassallo, & S. Mercieca (Eds.), The Harbour of Malta (pp. 49-74). Malta: Progress Press.
Abstract: In Hospitaller historiography, the Rhodian phase (1306/09-1522) is often discussed in terms of the development of an ‘Island Order State’ (henceforth IOS),1 that is, the coming together of the international Order of St John and the island of Rhodes (and other Aegean outposts) led to the formation of a unique political structure in late medieval Europe. A key characteristic of this IOS was its dependence on outside sources for its needs, in particular, to replenish its ruling caste of knights who all came from outside Rhodes. On the other hand, the IOS shared many similarities with other polities, in that it had to deal with issues that any state was faced with, ranging from religious affairs to questions related to urban development, defence, and the economy.
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