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The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish St. Mary's Qrendi In The Eighteenth Century

Author: Ciappara Frans
ISBN:
978-99909-45-77-5
Publication Date:
2014
Pages:
386
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Subject:
History


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The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish. St Mary’s Qrendi in the Eightenth Century marks a departure from traditional chronological narratives of surface events, background institutions and power classes, and directs its attention to the obscure and unsung masses who emerge in vivid snatches through the pages of this book. Rather than embracing literary evidence at face value, the author digs up a wealth of quantitative data from a wide range of archival sources, and analyses it against that of other eighteenth-century communities in order to project a picture of how common people lived and inter-related within the cultural, religious and social milieu of a Maltese village community. This analysis of a social ‘microcosm’ with its fascinating focus on everyday human life and its complexities within a limited geographical area, is here projected and proposed as the best approach towards an understanding of ‘total history’. Its strength lies in joint historical and socio-anthropological approach which leads to a better understanding of man and the interconnectivity of all aspects of his earthly life. Anthropology, folklore, social history, church history, historical demography are here called into play and skilfully exploited to produce an overall functional analysis.

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