SIGNED: Fortress Colony: The Final Act 1945-1964 – Vol 3 1958-61: Vol 3 1958-61: Volume 3

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In his four-volume study, Pirotta meticulously examines Malta’s twenty-year transformation from Britain’s foremost Mediterranean fortress colony to sovereign State. Acclaimed for its heroic resistance to fascism during the Second World War that ostensibly bound it closer to its imperial masters, the over-populated, physically wrecked Island bereft of resources, joined the ranks of independent states in 1964. To examine the why and the how of this transformation Pirotta delved through voluminous Maltese and British documents, local and foreign archives and interviewed numerous key personalities. Analysing the complicated power game played by party, Church and trade union leaders, Pirotta reveals much that went on behind the scenes. Volume III 1958–1961 documents the painful constitutional regression, the economic uncertainty and the social upheaval that resulted from them; the main parties’ objective of independence; and the growing rift between the Malta Labour Party and the Church. All this took place under the watchful eye of British officials who often sought surreptitiously to direct events

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Bound in dark red faux leather with gilt titling to front board and spine. Excellent dustjacket. Inscribed by the author and dated 28 October 2014. Original owner has signed her name in ink on the first page. In fine condition. Hardcover. Published by Studia Editions, Malta 2001

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Weight 1.289 kg