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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.

Over Seas and Time: A Micronesian History Texbook
Written by Tim Smit. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Pohnpei: FSM Department of Education, 2010. 506 pp. 2010 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.

Micronesian Government: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Micronesian Civics Textbook
Written by Josh Levy. Edited by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Pohnpei: FSM Department of Education, 2008. 315 pp.2008 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.

The Catholic Church in Micronesia: Historical Essays on the Catholic Church in the Caroline-Marshall Islands
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Micronesian Seminar: 2003.2003 History Religion

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.

The New Shape of Old Island Cultures: A Half-Century of Social Change in Micronesia
by Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001. 198 pp.2001 Family change 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.

Truk Underwater Archaeology
By Francis X. Hezel, S.J., and Clark Graham
San Francisco: U.S. National Park Service, 1997. 50 pp.1997 Economics 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.

Strangers in Their Own Land: A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1995. 467 pp.1995 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.

From Conquest to Colonization: Spain in the Mariana Islands 1690 to 1740
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Saipan: CNMI Divison of Historical Preservation, 1989. 78pp.1989 Government History

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.

The First Taint of Civilization: A History of the Caroline and Marshall Islands in Pre-Colonial Days, 1521-1885
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1983. 365 pp.1983 Government 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.

Micronesia: Winds of Change. A Book of Reading on the History of Micronesia
Edited by Francis X. Hezel, S.J. and Mark Berg
Saipan 1980. 365 pp.1980 Family change Government History

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.

Foreign Ships in Micronesia: A Compendium of Ship Contacts with the Caroline and Marshall Islands, 1521-1885
By Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Saipan: Trust Territory Printing Office, 1979. 185pp.1979 History

Christianity and Violence in the Pacific, by 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.  

2011 History Religion

The Man Who was Reputed to be King: David Dean O'Keefe, by 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. 2008 History

Chuuk: Caricature of an Island, by 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. 2003 History

Introduction to Francisco Garcia's Life of Diego Luis de San Vitores, by 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. 1996 History

The Expensive Taste for Modernity: Caroline and Marshall Islands, by 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. 1992 History

Recolonizing Islands and Decolonizing History, by 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. 1991 History

New Directions in Pacific History: A Practitioner's Critical View, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Reactions to the new canons governing Pacific history.

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

From Conquest to Colonization: Spain in the Marianas 1690-1740, by 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. 1988 History

Journey of Faith: Blessed Diego of the Marianas, by 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. 1985 History

From Conversion to Conquest: The Early Spanish Mission in the Marianas, by 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. 1982 History

In the Wake of Foam and Blood, by 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. 1979 History

The Role of the Beachcombers in the Caroline Islands, by 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. 1978 History

A Yankee Trader in Yap: Crayton Philo Holcomb, by 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. 1975 History

Dumont d'Urville on Truk, by 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 1974 History

The Beginnings of Foreign Contact in Truk, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

The First European Visit to Truk, by 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 1973 History

Early European Contact with the Western Carolines: 1525-1750, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Account of Arellano’s stopover in Chuuk in 1565.

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

Westernization of Truk: A Backward Glance, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

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

The Church in Micronesia, by 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 (MC #72)  History   Religion

Health in Micronesia Over the Years, by Francis X. Hezel, SJ

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

November 2004 (MC #53)  Health   History

A Walk Through the Past: Part 2

The historical photo albums on MicSem’s website done with motion and voice narration. This second disc covers World War II through the establishment of the new nations.

2010 (122:31 mins) Island Topics #71   History

A Walk Through The past: Part I

The historical photo albums on MicSem's website spruced up with movement and sound. This first disc offers nine albums from early contact through the end of the Japanese era.

2010 (96:29 mins) Island Topics #70   History

History V: March Toward Self-Government

This final segment in the History of Micronesia video series presents the final two decades of US administration (1960-1980), when change was the order of the day, and traces the path to self-rule.

2009 (87:00 mins) Island Topics #63   Government   History

History IV: Ruin & Reconstruction

This segment of the history of Micronesia video series highlights the damage of World War II, from American and island viewpoints, and the slow rebuilding efforts under the US, 1940-1960.

2008 (90:00 mins) Island Topics #59   History

History III: Sunburst in the South Sea

This video, the third in the History of Micronesia video series, offers a close up view of the glory years under Japanese rule, 1920-1940.

2008 (68:00 mins) Island Topics #58   History

History II: Planting The Foreign Flag

Part 2 in Micronesia history series. The video opens in 1885 with the contest between Spain and Germany for possession of the islands, and covers Spanish rule, the German development programs, and concludes with the takeover by Japan.

2007 (70:00 mins) Island Topics #55   History

History I: Early Encounters

Part 1 in Micronesian history series, this documentary shows the impact of early Spanish explorers, British indiamen, whalers, beachcombers, missionaries, and copra traders on the islands and their people.

2007 (70:00 mins) Island Topics #54   History

The Colony

A brief historical tour of the remains of the Spanish colony in Pohnpei with a commentary by Javier Galvan from Spain.

1999 (9:00 mins) Island Topics #18   History

Voices of Pohnpei (Part 2)

A history of Pohnpei, but from the inside. Uses legends and archeology to delineate the high points in Pohnpei's past, ending where history usually begins - with the arrival of the Europeans.

1995 (30:00 mins) Island Topics #4   Cultural   History

Voices of Pohnpei (Part I)

A history of Pohnpei, but from the inside. Uses legends and archeology to delineate the high points in Pohnpei's past, ending where history usually begins - with the arrival of the Europeans.

1995 (30:00 mins) Island Topics #3   Cultural   History

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