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Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

Ayşe Devrim Atauz

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031798
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031798.001.0001
Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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For millennia, Malta has always been considered a site of strategic importance. From the arrival of the Phoenicians through rule under Carthage, Rome, Sicilian Arabs, Normans, and Genovese, to the Order of St. John (“Knights of Malta”), the advent of the Napoleonic Wars, and even World Wars I and II, the Maltese islands have served as re-provisioning stations, military bases, and refuges for pirates and privateers. Building on her underwater archaeological survey of the Maltese archipelago, this book presents an interdisciplinary approach to maritime history in the Mediterranean. Offering a general overview of essential facts, including geographical and oceanographic factors that would have affected the navigation of historic ships, major relevant historical texts and documents, the logistical possibilities of ancient ship design, a detailed study of sea currents and wind patterns, and especially the archaeological remains (or scarcity thereof) around the Maltese maritime perimeter, this book builds a convincing argument that Malta mattered far less in maritime history than has been previously asserted.

Keywords: Malta; strategic importance; archaeological; maritime history; Mediterranean

Book.  400 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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Introduction in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Ancient History of Malta in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Medieval Malta in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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The Order of Saint John in Malta in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Naval Organization of the Order of Saint John in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Naval Functions of the Order of Saint John in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Maltese Population, 1530–1798 in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Conclusions in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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Afterword in Eight Thousand Years of Maltese Maritime History

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