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: 1919-1979

ISBN: 978-99932-17-56-5

MATERIALISTFRONTCOVER.jpgThis 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.

ISBN: 978-99932-17-43-5

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

ISBN: 978-99909-45-85-0

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

ISBN: 978-99932-17-30-5

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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

ISBN: 978-99932-17-29-9

“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 

 

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  1. THOMAS BONNICI

    Dear Prof. Mark Camilleri,

    I am a University professor at the Universidade Estadual de Maringá, south Brazil.
    In 2016, I published a book in Brazil, where I have lived for the last 54 years, which had been in my mind for the last 20 years. It is called “O MITO DO CRISTIANISMO ININTERRUPTO NO ARQUIPÉLAGO DE MALTA”. Translated into English: THE MYTH OF UNINTERRUPTED CHRISTIANITY IN THE MALTESE ARCHIPELAGO. I was really surprised when, about two months ago, I saw the cover of your book on (I surmise) the same theme. I haven´t read your book but I would like to send you mine, if you give me your postal address.
    Early this year I published another book called DE MAZARA A LUCERA: OS MUÇULMANOS NA SICÍLIA, EM MALTA E NA ITÁLIA, 827 – 1300. In English: FROM MAZARA TO LUCERA; THE MUSLIMS IN SICILY, MALTA AND ITALY, 827-1300.
    Thomas Bonnici
    Rua Manoel Bandeira, 152
    87020-580 Maringá PR Brazil.

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