The Maltese Cross: A Strategic History of Malta

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 268 pages
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Malta is one of the smallest nations in the world, yet has one of the longest histories of any country. The accidents of geology and geography produced an island at the center of the Mediterranean with a large harbor and ample resources for the construction of fortifications. As a result, the Maltese bore witness to many of the great conflicts in world history, from the Punic Wars, to Napoleon's conquests, to the North African and Mediterranean campaigns during World War II.

Covering the entire sweep of the island's history, Castillo argues that not only was Malta's geographic location critical, its people played a crucial role in many of these struggles. The Maltese contributed largely to the defense of the islands when invaded by the Ottoman Turks in 1565, and the people rebelled against French rule after Napoleon evicted the Knights of Malta. During World War II, Malta became a strategic hub for the Allies' Mediterranean campaign, and the islands endured some of the most sustained and intensive bombing during the war-- up to 15 tons of bombs per square mile. Includes chapters on the Knights of Malta, the 1565 siege, Napoleon's invasion, Malta's role in World War II, and modern Malta.

 

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Contents

The Maltese Islands
1
Malta before the Knights
17
The Knights of Malta
39
The Great Siege of 1565
55
Hospitaller Malta
79
The French Revolution and the Knights of Malta
95
The Maltese Revolt of 1798
113
British Malta
129
Malta and World War II The Italian Phase
147
Malta and World War II The German Phase
167
Operation Pedestal
193
Modern Malta
217
Notes
227
Bibliography
249
Index
255
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About the author (2006)

Dennis Castillo is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and the son of Maltese immigrants. He has previously published articles and presented papers on Maltese history. He is Associate Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York.

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