Fragments, Essays on nineteenth and early twentieth century Malta. Author: Michael Refalo


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The papers making up Fragments cover a variety of aspects of Malta’s late 19th and early 20th century. The subjects chosen can, in some sense, be considered marginal to the ‘grand’ political history of the Maltese Islands during that period, hence Fragments. They focus on diverse social, political and cultural aspects of Malta’s history that have been broadly ignored. In so doing, they assist in providing a deeper understanding of Malta’s colonial predicament and of the processes of change underlying different strata of Maltese society during the period.


Table of Contents

■ The delimitation of boundaries between Church and State in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Malta
■ Riding through the procession: conflict between British soldiers and sailors and subaltern communities in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Malta
■ The venial sins of the common people. Petty offences and other misdemeanours on Gozo in the late nineteenth century (1889-1891)

■ Noise, smell and other nuisances: Valletta c.1880s – c.1930
■ ‘Our English visitors’ – Some British women in Malta during the nineteenth century
■ ‘Shylock walked in before Capulet.’ The assault on the status of the Maltese nobility during the late nineteenth century; and an example of the heterogeneity of voices in colonial rule
■ The discourse on the problem of begging and almsgiving in late nineteenth century Malta
■ Sacrifice in a Roman Catholic Church
■ Malta connections: The Austro-Hungarian Empire (1830s-1914)


ISBN: 9 789995 750695

Specifications: 245mm x 168mm | 232 pgs | Paperback

Publication date: June 2019


Michael Refalo graduated in Laws in 1980. In 2009 he obtained a PhD from the University of Malta with a thesis entitled The Maltese Commercial Class: Business, Families, Networks, 1870-1914. He has written four books, The Maltese Nineteenth-Century Notary and His Archives won the National Book Prize General Research Category (2015); Waking the Dead, Nineteenth-century Obituaries  as a Mirror of Maltese Society (1815-c.1910); Slavery Malta at the Crossroads, Transhipment of Slaves in a British Colony during the Nineteenth Century and Giuseppe (De)Brincat, A Gozitan Wine Merchant (1890s-1930).  Copies of Giuseppe (De)Brincat, A Gozitan Wine Merchant available from:

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