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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 It also offers photographs of the period, many previously unpublished, from the German Capuchin Archives.

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.

History Religion

The Catholic Church in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

History Religion

From Conquest to Colonization

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

Government History

Truk Underwater Archaeology

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

Economics History

The First Taint of Civilization

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

Government History

The Caroline Islands: History of the Diocese

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

History Religion

Foreign Ships in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

History

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

Government History

Over Seas and Time

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

Education History

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