Malta: war and peace, an architectural chronicle 1800-2000
Quentin Hughes; Conrad Thake
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’Malta ? War and Peace’ is an architectural survey of the Maltese Islands covering the period 1800 to the year 2000 and beyond. Malta was throughout its history a fortress island and it was coveted by diverse ruling powers primarily on account of its strategic, geo-political importance. For most of the two centuries covered in this book, war and military warfare were major themes that conditioned the built environment in Malta. Local architectural history has to be viewed against an unfolding canvas where the threat of military hostilities was a major preoccupation. It was only during the second half of the twentieth century that the prospect of war receded from the shores of the islands. Hence the theme ’war and peace’ is deemed to have greatly conditioned the destiny of this small island-state. It is in many respects the prime generator of the built environment during this period.