This chapter discusses the supposed importance of the island throughout its history. It states that the inflated importance of the islands in modern history is largely an outgrowth of the exaggerated importance attributed to the Order of Saint John on the world stage. It also stresses the fact that the indigenous Maltese people are nearly absent from the historical record. The Maltese were also not recognizable as a cohesive group having a national identity until the time of the British rule, sometime during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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