From time to time, I like to write books. Following is a list of books I have written so far.
A materialist revision of Maltese history: 1919-1979
This is the second volume in Mark Camilleri’s series “A Materialist Revision of Maltese History”. Through his series Camilleri tries to study Maltese history from a materialistic perspective using Hegel and Marx as his fundamental reading to his methodology. Amongst the main themes of this volume are Malta’s process of decolonisation, 20th century ideology, the history of the economy and politics.
Malta most significant historic process took place in the 20th century when Malta underwent a paradigmatic change from a vulnerable and dependent society, into an independent country both economically and politically. The seeds of this process were sown in 1919, but it was the Second World War which unleashed the working class movement. Malta’s paradigm shift into a fully-fledged independent country reached its pinnacle mark in 1979 when Malta’s naval base was closed down and the World Bank described Malta as one of the richest of small island states. The march to 1979 and the ideal it represented was fulfilled through an arduous struggle by the working class and the Labour Party led by Dom Mintoff. This was an ideal which people dreamed of when work was scarce and tens of thousands emigrated away, when the Church still dominated politics and conditioned the future of the country and when Malta was still economically dependent on Britain. It is an astonishing tale of a poor and miserable people which rose up against all odds to achieve political freedom and social justice.
A materialist revision of Maltese history: 870-1919.
Mark Camilleri’s new book, A Materialist Revision of Maltese History: 870 – 1919 is a critical reading of Maltese history. Influenced by Hegelian philosophy and Marxist materialism, it poses new critical perspectives based on previously known and accepted 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.
This book’s focus on the mind and material conditions of the ‘ordinary’ Maltese people offers a fresh look at Maltese history. This book 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 depended on their rulers. The Maltese elite was only concerned with making easy profits rather than with contributing to the over-all 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 Seventh June 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.
Aspects of Daily Life in Late-Medieval Malta and Gozo : a compilation of some of Godfrey Wettinger’s articles by Mark Camilleri
This is Prof. Godfrey Wettinger’s unfinished project; completed posthumously in celebration of Wettinger as the recipient of the National Book Prize ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for 2014. Shortly before he passed away, Wettinger was planning to publish a collection of articles he wrote during his career along with two yet unpublished additions to the collection which are ‘Laurencza, the Slave of Don Matteo De Brunecto, a woman of easy virtue in Gozo 1480s’ and ‘A land inheritance dispute in Gozo in 1485’. This 2015 publication is the full collection as Wettinger had envisaged it originally.
Il-Ħelsien: il-Mixja lejn il-31 ta’ Marzu
“l-Ħelsien” huwa stħarriġ professjonali dwar x’wassal għall-mument storiku ta’ Jum il-Ħelsien. Fl-okkażjoni tal-35 sena mill-ewwel jum ta’ Malta Ħielsa, u bi xbihat minn arkivji Brittaniċi u Amerikani li qatt ma dehru qabel, dan il-ktieb mhuwiex sempliċement ċelebratorju. Huwa analiżi profonda tal-ħafna kawżi li taw is-sehem tagħhom għall-possibilità u l-kisba li Malta tieħu rajha f’idejha u żżommha. Agħraf kemm kienet iebsa, delikata u kumplessa t-tislita li għamel il-Moviment tal-Ħaddiema biex wasal sa wieħed mill-aktar mumenti importanti fl-istorja ta’ Malta. Skopri Jum il-Ħelsien mill-ġdid!
Il-ktieb qiegħed għal bejgħ mill-ħwienet ewlenin u minn:
Il-Mit Pawlin u l-Abbuż tal-Istorja Maltija
“Il-Mit Pawlin u l-Abbuż tal-Istorja Maltija” huwa test qasir li jispjega kif l-istorja Maltija ġiet abbużata bil-Mit Pawlin għal għanijiet reliġjużi u ideoloġiċi. Dan huwa test ta’ kritika storjografika u flok jiżvela fatti storiċi ġodda, jispjega kif il-fatti storiċi ġew imwarrba akkost ta’ verżjoni storika falza.
Il-ktejjeb huwa maqsum fi tlett partijiet. L-ewwel kapitlu huwa spjegazzjoni dwar l-aspetti storiċi tal-Mit Pawlin u kif huwa inkorrett, u wara jkompli billi jittratta l-propagazzjoni tal-Mit Pawlin. It-tieni kapitlu huwa analiżi kritika u filosofika tal-Mit Pawlin bħala fenomenu. L-aħħar parti hija intervista esklussiva mal-professur Godfrey Wettinger fejn jispjega fid-dettal kif ix-xogħol tiegħu żvela l-inkorettezzi tal-kabar Mit storiku Malti.
Ixtri l-ktieb mill-ħwienet ewlenin jew minn: