A Case Study in International Cross-Currents
Proceedings of the First International Colloquium
on the history of the Central Mediterranean
held at the University of Malta, 13-17 December 1989.
Malta Historical Society
Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta
The papers collected in the present volume are the revised texts of most of the lectures delivered during an international colloquium held at the University of Malta between Wednesday 13 and Sunday 17 December 1989. It was the first in what the Department of History of the University of Malta hopes to be a series of such colloquia on the history of the Central Mediterranean, to be eventually held at regular intervals. The term 'history' is here taken in its widest interdisciplinary sense with a view to bringing together scholars from different disciplines to promote the study of the cultural, political, social, and economic interrelationship of the people of the Central Mediterranean down the ages.
The theme chosen for the first colloquium, which was organized jointly by the Department of History of the University of Malta and the Malta Historical Society, was Malta: A Case Study in International Cross-Currents. Although the whole spectrum of the inquiry was much wider at the colloquium than it appears in the book - as some of the papers read have unfortunately had, for various reasons, to be left out - the contributions lay no collective claim to a comprehensive picture of the history of Mediterranean Malta from prehistory to the present day. Nor, on the other hand, are they confined to tracing its outline. The ultimate objective of each contributor has been deliberately to attempt to focus on one particular issue, aspect, or problem either of the historical development of the Maltese Islands or of its broader Mediterranean context.
The holding of the colloquium together with the publication of its proceedings would not have been possible without the substantial help - financial, secretarial, or otherwise - generously offered by the University of Malta, the Malta Historical Society, the Foundation for International Studies, and UNESCO. To all these institutions the editors, on behalf of the organizers, wish to extend their sincere appreciation.
Especial thanks, too, should go to the Hon. Minister of Education, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, the Rector of the University, Professor Edwin Borg Costanzi, and the Director of the Foundation for International Studies, Professor Salvino Busuttil, for having kindly accepted the Organizing Committee's invitation to address the colloquium. To each of them we owe a deep debt of gratitude.
We are also grateful to Mr Salv Mallia who took time from his own work to help in one of the most tedious tasks of any publication, that of proof-reading. This he did generously and most conscientiously.
S.F., V.M-M. 2.ii.1991
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
|ACA||Arxiu de la Corona de Arag˛|
|AIM||Archives of the Inquisition, Cathedral Museum, Malta|
|AOM||Archives of the Order of St John in Malta, National Library, Malta|
|ARSJ||Archivum Romanum Societatis Jesu|
|ASD||Archivio Storico Diplomatico, Farnesina, Rome|
|ASM||Archivio Storico di Malta|
|ASN||Archivio di Stato, Naples|
|ASP||Archivio di Stato, Palermo|
|ASPisa||Archivio di Stato, Pisa|
|AST||Archivio di Stato, Trapani|
|ASV||Archivio Segreto Vaticano|
|BCH||Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique|
|BEFAR||Bibliotheque des ecoles Francaises d'Athenes et de Rome|
|Bib. Fard.||Biblioteca Fardelliana|
|BL||Bodleian Library, Oxford|
|CA||Cathedral Archives, Cathedral Museum (Mdina), Malta|
|Cat. Brev.||Catalogus Brevis|
|Cat. Trien.||Catalogus Triennalis|
|CIG||Corpus Inscnptionum Graecarunz|
|CIL||Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum|
|CMM||Cathedral Museum (Mdina), Malta|
|Epist. Gen.||Epistolae Generalis|
|Filangieri||I registri della cancelleria angioina ricostruiti con la collaborazione degli archivisti napoletani, ed. R. Filangieri. Vols. 1- (Naples, 1950-)|
|Lib.||Library Manuscripts Collection|
|MHSJ||Monumenta Historica Societatis Jesu|
|MM||Medieval Malta: Studies on Malta before the Knights, ed. A. T. Luttrell (London, 1975)|
|NAV||Notarial Archives, Valletta, Malta|
|n.f./n.p.||no foliation/no pagination|
|NLM||National Library, Malta|
|PRO||Public Record Office, London|
|Prot.||Protonotaro del Regno|
|Sic.||Provincia Sicula [Societatis Jesu]|
|TRP||Tribunale del Real Patrimonio|
|Univ.||University Manuscripts Collection|