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Books

Micronesian Origins

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

This short booklet traces in simple language island links with the past. It tries to show the general route, geographical and cultural, from island Micronesia all the way back to Africa some 50,000 years earlier. The history is broken down into five segments, although the trail sometimes fades away for long periods.

Pohnpei 2021. 33 pp. CULTURAL HISTORY

Reduction of the Marianas: Resettlement into Villages under the Spanish

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Once hostilities ended during the early mission period, the Spanish began resettling the population, greatly diminished by disease, into villages. The period of resettlement lasted half a century (1680-1730). This booklet explores the purpose and the process of resettlement. It also explores how the new village might be compared to the old in terms of layout and cultural practices.

Guam 2021. 48 pp. CULTURAL HISTORY

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 It also offers photographs of the period, many previously unpublished, from the German Capuchin Archives.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

History of the Caroline Islands

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.

2013 HISTORY RELIGION

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.

1983 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.

1997 ECONOMICS HISTORY

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.

1989 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

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.

2003 Books HISTORY RELIGION

Micronesia: Winds of Change

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

1980 FAMILY CHANGE GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Strangers in Their Own Land

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

1995 HISTORY

The New Shape of Old Island Cultures

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

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.

2001 FAMILY CHANGE 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.

2010 EDUCATION 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.

2008 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Video Listings

Sokehs Rebellion

Tom Frink

2019 HISTORY

Voices of Pohnpei (Part 2)

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

1995 CULTURAL HISTORY

Voices of Pohnpei (Part I)

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

1995 CULTURAL HISTORY

History I: Early Encounters

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

2007 HISTORY

A Walk Through The past: Part I

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

2010 HISTORY

A Walk Through the Past: Part 2

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

2010 HISTORY

The Colony

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

1999 HISTORY

History IV: Ruin & Reconstruction

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

2008 HISTORY

talks

Xavier High School Graduation 2013

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation given in Chuuk

May 2013 EDUCATION HISTORY

Worshiping on the Graves of Our Ancestors

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Keynote talk at PHA, Taiwan

2014 HISTORY

What Is It--Fairy Tales or History

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at PHA on Guam

May 2016 HISTORY

Trading People in Palau

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation in Palau

October 2013 HISTORY MIGRATION

The Pacific Islands

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation

December 1999 FAMILY CHANGE HISTORY

Spain in the Marianas

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation on Saipan

November 1998 HISTORY RELIGION

Setting an Agenda--Quilting the Patches and Stitching them Together

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Keynote address at the Marianas History Conference on Saipan

June 2012 HISTORY

Relationship between Yap and Palau

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Yap Homecoming Day

June 2013 CULTURAL HISTORY

Micronesia--Resources, Research, Protection

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Historic Preservation Office Symposium on Pohnpei

2015 HISTORY

Meeting in the Middle

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Catholic Men痴 Conference, Guam

January 2016 HISTORY RELIGION

German Colonial Experience in Micronesia--What We Can Learn from It

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at East-West Center, Hawaii

March 2014 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Early Spanish Period in the Marianas--Eight Theses

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Marianas History Conference on Saipan

August 2013 CULTURAL HISTORY

Early Marianas Mission

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at University of Guam

October 2015 HISTORY RELIGION

Development in Palau

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation given in Palau

2008 CULTURAL ECONOMICS HISTORY

Deepening a Sense of History in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at the Historic Preservation Office conference on Pohnpei

August 2013 CULTURAL HISTORY

David Dean O'Keefe

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Yap Homecoming Day

June 2014 CULTURAL HISTORY

Commerce, Christianity and Colonialism in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation given in Chicago

April 1990 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Changing Face of the Marianas

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation for the Marianas Humanities Council

June 2012 HISTORY

A Voyage of Rediscovery--Ethnic and Christian

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation given in Taiwan

February 2011 HISTORY RELIGION

75th Anniversary of the Arrival of MMBs to Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Sermon on Saipan

June 2003 HISTORY RELIGION

Religious Rights and Threatened Nations

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Brigham Young University

October 2016 GOVERNMENT HISTORY RELIGION

FSM--Thirty Years of Independence

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation on FSM Law Day/Independence Day, Guam

November 2015 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Micronesia and Japan

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation given at Sophia University, Tokyo

May 2018 GOVERNMENT HISTORY

Micronesian Counselors

Health in Micronesia Over the Years

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

November 2004 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.

May 2008 HISTORY RELIGION

articles

Mission in the Marianas, In I Estoria-ta: Guam, the Marianas and Chamorro Culture

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Brief review of the first missionaries in the Marianas and their impact on society.

Museo Nacional de Antroplogia, Madrid (2021), 65-74. CULTURAL HISTORY

The Chamorro Village After Resettlement: The New and the Old

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Spanish resettlement of the Marianas population into villages.

With David Atienza, in Espana y las Islas Marianas (2022), 85-113. CULTURAL HISTORY

Deep in the Bloodstream: Historical Ties of the Marianas with the Philippines

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Review of the links between the Philippines and the Marianas through history.

Revista Filipina, Vol 8, No 1 (2021), 41-51. HISTORY

National College with a Global Mission

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

History of the College of Micronesia, FSM, during its first 25 years.

In College of Micronesia-FSM: 25th Anniversary. Pohnpei, April 2018: 12-20. EDUCATION HISTORY

The Early Spanish Period in the Marianas, 1668-1698: Eight Theses

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Addresses commonly held myths about the early Spanish period.

San Vitores Theological Review. Vol 1, No 1 (Dec 2014): 1-16. HISTORY

Resources on Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Listing of major archives and libraries with print and visual materials on Micronesia.

Journal of Pacific History, Vol 50:2 (2015): 213-223. CULTURAL HISTORY

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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.  

HISTORY RELIGION

The First European Visit to Truk

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

Early European Contact with the Western Carolines: 1525-1750

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of Arellano’s stopover in Chuuk in 1565.

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

Westernization of Truk: A Backward Glance

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

In the Wake of Foam and Blood

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

The Role of the Beachcombers in the Caroline Islands

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY

A Yankee Trader in Yap: Crayton Philo Holcomb

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY

Dumont d'Urville on Truk

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

The Beginnings of Foreign Contact in Truk

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

Recolonizing Islands and Decolonizing History

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY

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

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Reactions to the new canons governing Pacific history.

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

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

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY

Journey of Faith: Blessed Diego of the Marianas

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY

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

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. 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. 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. HISTORY

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

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY

The Expensive Taste for Modernity: Caroline and Marshall Islands

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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. HISTORY