Private life, religion and enlightenment in Malta in the late eighteenth century
Author: Revue du monde musulman
Publisher: Departemen Pendidikan Nasional
Publication date: 1994
Number of pages: 19
Format / Quality: pdf
Size: 1,4 MB
By the late eighteenth century Malta was no longer an isolated, sparsely populated rock in the centre of the Mediterranean at the mercy of the corsairs. The Hospitallers had been here for two hundred-odd years and had succeeded in giving the island the status of a nation. Mdina, an inland city, was replaced by the cosmopolitan Valletta finely situated between two harbours. Mighty for tifications sprang up (A. Hoppen) to the gaze of the envious foreigners and the new urban areas contrasted sharply with the tiny villages of a forgotten former age.