Bibliography

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: 870-1919.

HISTORY SKS frontMark 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

CoverThis 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passed away, Wettinger was planning to publish a collection of articles he wrote during his career along with two yet unpublished additions to the collection which are ‘Laurencza, the Slave of Don Matteo De Brunecto, a woman of easy virtue in Gozo 1480s’ and ‘A land inheritance dispute in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. 

Common themes which bind the articles are the social and economic aspects of Maltese life in late Medieval Malta. Through these articles we get a glimpse of the various socio-economic traits of the Maltese and the Gozitans of the 15th and 16th centuries: a type of historiography which is rare to come by in the field of Medieval studies. The articles are based on research Wettinger has made of secular and religious courts at the Mdina Cathedral Archive. Instead of transcribing the court cases word by word, Wettinger describes them in a lucid and methodological manner and gives his own description and analysis of each case. Wettinger, who was one of Malta’s foremost Medieval historians was quite aware of the lack of studies on social and economic aspects in Medieval studies and his wish to collect these articles into one book will in a way serve future historians as a new window from which to access and even address this historiographic gap. 
This book will also serve to renew the interest of the general public in Wettinger’s work as well as to celebrate him as the distinctive Maltese scholar that he was. ‘Aspects of Daily Life in Late Medieval Malta and Gozo. A Compilation of some of Godfrey Wettinger’s Writings by Mark Camilleri’ was launched during the Malta Book Festival.

 https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/features/2015/11/latemedievalmaltagozo

Il-Ħelsien: il-Mixja lejn il-31 ta’ Marzu

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“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:

http://www.sierra-books.com/pages/siadart.asp?pid=6863

http://www.agendamalta.com/en/products/malta-non-fiction/2020833

http://www.agendamalta.com/en/products/malta-non-fiction/2020833

http://maltaonlinebookshop.com/product/il-helsien/

Il-Mit Pawlin u l-Abbuż tal-Istorja Maltija

“Il-Mit Pawlin u lmitpawlin-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:

http://www.bdlbooks.com/religious/4539-il-mit-pawlin-u-l-abbuz-tal-istorja-maltija.html 

From Colonialism to Mintoffianism: Malta’s transition from a British base to a commercial economy. 

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From Colonialism to Mintoffianism: Malta’s transition from a British base to a commercial economy is new academic work that attempts to explain and analyse Malta’s march towards economic development.

Under the British, Malta was a poor country and dependent on British defence spending. In 1979, the Malta Labour Party under the leadership of Dom Mintoff, closed down the British base for good.
What replaced British defence spending?
What were the economic conditions at the time?
How did Malta become a developed country?
What was the role of the Malta Labour Party and the Nationalist Party in all of this?
Why Mintoffianism?

This book tries to answer these questions and more.

This book is available from major bookstores and the following website:

http://www.sierra-books.com/pages/siadart.asp?pid=6575

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