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A materialist revision of Maltese history

A Materialist Revision of Maltese History: 870- 1919 by Mark Camilleri is a new critical reading of Maltese history which will be launched on August 10 at the Fortress Building, Valletta. Influenced by Hegelian philosophy and Marxist materialism, this volume poses new critical perspectives based on previously unknown historical data.

Some interesting primary sources of note, which will be revealed for the first time, include the police logbooks of the early 20th century, which shed new light on the daily lives of the Maltese population.

This book’s focus on the mind and material conditions of the ‘ordinary’ Maltese people offers a fresh look at Maltese history. The volume is Maltese history as it is, without the grand narratives and beautiful anecdotes which make Maltese history novel and glorious.

There is in reality nothing that glorious about Maltese history. On the contrary, Maltese history was sad, dark, tragic and bleak. The Maltese people lived in misery, poverty, insularity and ignorance and their survival in terms of wealth and security dependent on their rulers.

The Maltese elite was only concerned with making easy profits rather than with contributing to the overall development of society and the well-being of its compatriots, while clerics left the people mired in ignorance and stupidity so as to keep absolute control over the Maltese mind.

Nevertheless, the Sette Giugno Riots of 1919 would prove to be a turning point for both the exploited majority and their superiors, their patrons, their leaders and their clerics. This was a point in Maltese history when the masses became conscious of their freedom and tried to overturn the objective conditions of their lives.

Mark Camilleri will deliver a public talk during the launch of the book, shedding new historical information on this particular period of Maltese history. The public is invited to attend the launch at the Fortress Building, Valletta, at 7.30pm.

A Materialist Revision of Maltese History: 870-1919 (SKS Publishers) will be available from all leading bookstores.

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