Strangers in Their Own Land: A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands
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496pp. October 2003
Strangers in Their Own Land: A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands
Author: Hezel SJ, Francis X.;
"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, focused mostly on political and economic developments. Hezel demonstrates a fine understanding of the complicated relations between administrators, missionaries, traders, chiefs and commoners, in a wide range of social and historical settings." —Pacific Affairs

"The tale [of Strangers in Their Own Land] is one of interplay between four sequential colonial regimes (Spain Germany, Japan, and the United States) and the diverse island cultures they governed. It is also a tale of relationships among islands whose inhabitants did not always see eye-to-eye and among individuals who fought private and public battles in those islands. Hezel conveys both the unity of purpose exerted by a colonial government and the subversion of that purpose by administrators, teachers, islands, and visitors.... [The] history is thoroughly supported by archival materials, first-person testimonies, and secondary sources. Hezel acknowledges the power of the visual when he ends his book by describing the distinctive flags that now replace Spanish, German, Japanese, and American symbols of rule. the scene epitomizes a theme of the book: global political and economic forces, whether colonial or post-colonial, cannot erode the distinctiveness each island claims."—American Historical Review
Pacific Islands Monograph Series, No. 13
Published in association with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i
Author: Hezel SJ, Francis X.;
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Preface

Acknowledgments

1 Spanish Colors over the Carolines

2Commerce and Christianity

3 In the Shadow of the German Eagle

4 Sunburst in the South Seas

5 The Imperial Garden

6 Colonialism with a New Name

7 Micronesia Remade

Notes

References

Index




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