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MicSem By Category: HISTORY

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Voices of Pohnpei (Part 2)

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 CULTURAL HISTORY

Voices of Pohnpei (Part I)

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 CULTURAL HISTORY

History II: Planting The Foreign Flag

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

History I: Early Encounters

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

A Walk Through The past: Part I

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

A Walk Through the Past: Part 2

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

The Colony

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

History IV: Ruin & Reconstruction

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

History III: Sunburst in the South Sea

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HISTORY

Micronesian Counselors

Health in Micronesia Over the Years

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

A historical survey of the change in types of illness during the 19th and 20th centuries

October 21, 2020 HEALTH HISTORY

The Church in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

A brief history of the integration of Christian churches into island cultures, highlighting the changes on both in the course of this process.

October 21, 2020 HISTORY RELIGION

Books

German Rule in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

German colonial rule in the region was short—30 years in the Marshalls and only 15 years everywhere else—but it made a significant impact on most island groups. This short work reviews the major accomplishments of the Germans in each island group. It also offers photographs of the period, many previously unpublished, from the German Capuchin Archives.

Pohnpei: FSM Historic Preservation Office. 96 pp.October 21, 2020 HISTORY

When Cultures Clash: Revisiting the ‘Spanish-Chamorro Wars’

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The arrival of Spanish missionaries to the Marianas in 1668 was a first in Pacific Island history; it signaled the beginning of intense Western presence in the islands. The troubled years that followed, marked by intermittent outbreaks of violence, came to be known as the “Spanish-Chamorro Wars.” According to the standard textbooks, this thirty-year period was one of utter devastation–forced conversion, rapid cultural change, precipitous population decline, and loss of Chamorro identity. Or was it? This book seeks to offer a better grounded and more nuanced understanding of this critical period of initial Western contact in the Pacific.

Saipan: Northern Marianas Humanities Council. 99pp.October 21, 2020 HISTORY RELIGION

The Caroline Islands: History of the Diocese

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The history of the diocese is a journey from the first Catholic evangelization of the Carolines in the late nineteenth century up to the present day. It is a celebration of the growth of a church that has by now developed island cultural roots even as it has been brought under the leadership of Micronesians. The text is supplemented by many historical photos and a section on each of the parishes in the diocese.

October 21, 2020 HISTORY RELIGION

The First Taint of Civilization

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A spirited tale of early exchanges between Micronesians and the West–from early Spanish explorers through 19th century whalers, traders, missionaries and beachcombers to the warship captains that planted the first foreign flags on the islands.

October 21, 1983 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Truk Underwater Archaeology

By Francis X. Hezel, S.J., and Clark Graham

The sunken Japanese fleet in Chuuk has become a world famous diving attraction for scuba enthusiasts. The sunken ships, bombed during the US counteroffensive against Japan in 1944, constitute a museum and a valuable asset for the Federated States of Micronesia. This book is an introduction to this museum, as well as to the events that produced the museum and the efforts that have made to preserve it from the depredations of humans and nature.

October 21, 1997 ECONOMICS HISTORY

From Conquest to Colonization

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The fifty year period between 1690 and 1740 is extremely significant in the history of the Mariana Islands, although it has heretofore received little scholarly attention. Utilizing contemporary letters and reports penned by Jesuit missionaries who served in the islands, this book examines the major events of this period and their effects on traditional Chamorro society.

October 21, 1989 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

The Catholic Church in Micronesia

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A simply told story of the founding and growth of the Catholic Church in each island group, with lists of missionary personnel, local clergy, and parish churches appended. This book was prepared for the centennial of the church in each island group.

October 21, 2020 Books HISTORY RELIGION

Foreign Ships in Micronesia

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

A list of all recorded ship visits to the islands prior to early foreign rule, with information on the ship, its master and mission, and what of note happened during the visit. The book has an extensive bibliography and index.

October 21, 1979 HISTORY

Micronesia: Winds of Change

Edited by Francis X. Hezel, S.J. and Mark Berg

This coffee-table book is well illustrated with photos and drawings depicting the islands’ journey to modern times. Introductory essays link first-hand accounts by foreigners describing what they saw or did in the islands. The book embraces 400 years of history, from Magellan to US naval administration in early 1950s.

October 21, 1980 FAMILY CHANGE GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Strangers in Their Own Land

By Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The volume, covering the period from 1886 to 1986, presents the drama of social change in Micronesia under four flags: Spanish, German, Japanese and American. The book chronicles the attempt of each administration to bring the “blessings of civilization” and the varied responses of island people.

October 21, 1995 HISTORY

The New Shape of Old Island Cultures

by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

How have Micronesian cultures changed since World War II? This book presents a pointed synthesis of important changes from the Marshall Islands to Palau, ranging from family structure, land and gender roles to the cultural treatment of life events (birth, marriage, death). This book draws on the author's own real-life experiences and anthropological literature.

October 21, 2020 FAMILY CHANGE HISTORY

Over Seas and Time

Written by Tim Smit. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

This textbook on the history of the Federated States of Micronesia describes the origins of the islands and their people. It also shows how people from several different island groups have been altered by outside forces over the years and how, in the end, they have become a single nation today.

October 21, 2020 EDUCATION HISTORY

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Written by Josh Levy. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

This textbook focuses less on how the modern democratic government operates today than on how it evolved over time. It begins with the traditional authority systems in different island groups and then tracks the changes that impacted up to the present.

October 21, 2020 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

articles

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Weighs whether Christianity in the Pacific has contributed to or diminished violence in the islands.

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific. (In Desiderio Parrilla, La Violencia del Amor.  Madrid: Lectio, 2012)  Weighs whether Christianity in the Pacific has contributed to or diminished violence in the islands.  

October 21, 2020 HISTORY RELIGION

The First European Visit to Truk

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Translation from Spanish of the report of the visit of San Lucas in 1564.

Guam Recorder, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1973: 38-40 October 21, 1973 HISTORY

Early European Contact with the Western Carolines: 1525-1750

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Account of Arellano’s stopover in Chuuk in 1565.

Journal of Pacific History, No. 7, 1972: 26-44. October 21, 1972 HISTORY

Westernization of Truk: A Backward Glance

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

History of Western impact on Chuuk through the 19th century.

Micronesian Reporter Vol. 20, No. 4 (1972): 24-31. October 21, 1972 HISTORY

In the Wake of Foam and Blood

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Account of hostilities in 1565 between Spanish on the San Lucas and Chuukese people.

Guam Recorder Vol. 9, No. 2 (1979): 16-21. October 21, 1979 HISTORY

The Role of the Beachcombers in the Caroline Islands

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Beachcombers served different functions, depending on the island on which they resided.

The Changing Pacific, Edited by Neil Gunson, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1978: 261-272. October 21, 1978 HISTORY

A Yankee Trader in Yap: Crayton Philo Holcomb

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

History of the life and work of Holcomb on Yap.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1975: 3-19. Also published in: More Pacific Island Portraits, Edited by Deryck Scarr, Canberra: ANU Press, 1979: 59-74. October 21, 1975 HISTORY

Dumont d'Urville on Truk

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Account of the visit of a French naval expedition to Chuuk in early 19th century.

Guam Recorder, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1974: 42-50 October 21, 1974 HISTORY

The Beginnings of Foreign Contact in Truk

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

History of Western impact on Chuuk through the 19th century.

Journal of Pacific History, No. 8, 1973: 51-73. October 21, 1973 HISTORY

Recolonizing Islands and Decolonizing History

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Reflections on the historiography of the Pacific.

Journal of the Pacific Society, Vol. 13, No. 4, January 1991: 1-6. Also published in: Pacific History: Papers from the 8th Pacific History Association Conference, Edited by Donald Rubinstein, Guam: University of Guam Press, 1992: 63-67. October 21, 1991 HISTORY

New Directions in Pacific History: A Practitioner's Critical View

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Reactions to the new canons governing Pacific history.

Pacific Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, July 1988: 101-110. October 21, 1988 HISTORY

From Conquest to Colonization: Spain in the Marianas 1690-1740

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

History of the later period of Spanish rule in the Marianas.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 23, 1988: 137-155. Also published as a monograph in the series Micronesian Archaeological Survey Report, n.d. October 21, 1988 HISTORY

Journey of Faith: Blessed Diego of the Marianas

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Short biography of Diego Luis de San Vitores.

Guam: Atlas Publication, 1985. Also published as: "Diego Louis de San Vitores." The Pacific Voice, 6 October 1985: 4-6. October 21, 1985 HISTORY

From Conversion to Conquest: The Early Spanish Mission in the Marianas

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

History of the Marianas from the arrival of missionaries to the end of the fighting between Spanish and Chamorros.

Journal of Pacific History, No. 17, 1982: 115-137. October 21, 1982 HISTORY

The Man Who was Reputed to be King: David Dean O'Keefe

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Life of the best known trader in the Western Carolines in the 19th century.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 43, No. 2: 239-252. October 21, 2020 HISTORY

Chuuk: Caricature of an Island

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Memorial of a Jesuit to his 25 years on Chuuk.

Pacific Places, Pacific Histories, Edited by Brij V. Lal, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004: 102-119. October 21, 2020 HISTORY

Introduction to Francisco Garcia's Life of Diego Luis de San Vitores

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Offers a brief glimpse of the historical context of San Vitores’ work on Guam.

In Life and Martyrdom of the Venerable Father Diego Luis de San Vitores, ed by James McDonagh (Guam: University of Guam, 2004), 1-5. October 21, 1996 HISTORY

The Expensive Taste for Modernity: Caroline and Marshall Islands

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Review of the major economic changes in the islands throughout their history, highlighting some of the social and political consequences.

Social Change in the Pacific Islands, Edited by Albert Robillard, New York: Kegan Paul International, 1992: 203-19. October 21, 1992 HISTORY