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About the Author Francis X. Hezel is a Jesuit priest who has lived and worked in Micronesia for forty-five years. At different times he has served as high school teacher, school administrator, fill-in pastor, and regional superior. He also founded and directed the Micronesian Seminar, a church-sponsored research institute that has engaged in a broad public education program for the islands. Besides conducting political education programs, workshops, and conferences on a range of concerns, he has authored over a hundred articles and produced more than seventy television programs that have been broadcast throughout the region. Over the years he has also conducted ongoing research on suicide, trance and spirit possession, mental illness, alcohol and drug use, and emigration to the United States. The author has spoken widely about social change and its impact on island societies, among many other topics. He has also written several books on Micronesian history and culture, including The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in Their Own Land, and The New Shape of Old Island Cultures. His articles, videos, and the other products of Micronesian Seminar can be viewed online at the Micronesian Seminar website ( Production Notes for Hezel / Making Sense of Micronesia Jacket design by Julie Matsuo-Chun. Interior design and composition by Josie Herr with text Sabon and display in Papyrus. Printing and binding by Sheridan Books, Inc. Printed on 55 lb. House White Hi-Bulk D37, 360 ppi. Strangers in Their Own Land A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands 2003, 496 pages, illus. Paper ISBN: 978-0-8248-2804-2                         University of Hawai‘i “Hezel has written an authoritative and engaging narrative of [a] succession of colonial regimes, drawing upon a broad range of published and archival sources as well as his own considerable knowledge of the region. This is a ‘conventional’ history, and a very good one.” —Pacific Affairs The New Shape of Old Island Cultures A Half Century of Social Change in Micronesia      !"#$%&&&& "#$%&&&$& “Every now and then one comes across a book that really resonates with one’s experience. For me, this book falls into that category.” —Journal of Pacific Studies The First Taint of Civilization A History of the Caroline and Marshall Islands in Pre-Colonial Days, 1521–1885 $    "#$%&&&'&                         University of Hawai‘i “Hezel writes clearly and with erudition and commands an impressive body of information. His book is a tour de force.” —Ethnohistory BY THE SAME AUTHOR PACIFIC ISLANDS STUDIES JACKET DESIGN Julie Matsuo-Chun UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I PRESS Honolulu, Hawai‘i $'& ...


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