The Undiscovered Country | Resources

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Here you will find a list of selected resources related to some of the issues explored in The Undiscovered Country.

Books & Articles

Barker, Holly M. Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-

Colonial World. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson, 2004.

Bradley, David. No Place to Hide, 1946/1984. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1983.

Carucci, Laurence M. Nuclear Nativity: Rituals of Renewal and Empowerment in the Marshall Islands. DeKalb: Northern Illinois UP, 1997.

Colson, Elizabeth. The Social Consequences of Resettlement: The Impact of the Kariba Resettlement Upon the Gwembe Tonga. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1971.

Davis, Jeffrey. “Representing Place: Deserted Isles and the Reproduction of Bikini Atoll.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95 (2005): 607-25.

Estimation of the Baseline Number of Cancers Among Marshallese and the Number of Cancers Attributable to Exposure to Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Testing Conducted in the Marshall Islands. Washington: National Cancer Institute, 2004.

Hezel, Francis X.. The First Taint of Civilization: A History of the Caroline and Marshall Islands in Pre-Colonial Days, 1521-1885

Johnson, Giff. Nuclear Pas, Unclear Future. Majuro: Micronitor, 2009.
Keeping the Promise. Cambridge: Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights, 2004.

Keever, Beverly Deepe. News Zero: The New York Times and the Bomb. Monroe: Common Courage Publishers, 2004.

Kirsch, Stuart. “Lost Worlds: Environmental Disaster, Culture Loss, and the Law.” Current Anthropology 42 (2001): 167-98.

Kiste, Robert C. The Bikinians: A Study in Forced Migration. Menlo Park: Cummings Company, 1974.

———. Killi Island: A Study of the Relocation of the ex-Bikini Marshallese. Eugene: Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon, 1974.

McKillop, Jeanie, and A L Brown. “Linking Project Appraisal and Development: The Performance of EIA in Large-Scale Mining Projects.” Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 1(1999): 407-28.

Niedenthal, Jack. For the Good of Mankind: A History of the People of Bikini and Their Islands. Majuro, Marshall Islands: Bravo, 2001.

Rooney, E J. “The Strange People From Bikini.” New York Times, March 31, 1946. Saito, Hiro. “Reiterated Commemoration: Hiroshima As National Trauma.” Sociological Theory 24 (2006): 353-76.

Thomas, F R. Early Human Settlement and Adaptation in the Marshall Islands. ands/Marshallsprehisotry%20-%20Frank%20Thomas.doc (accessed June 9, 2010).

Weisgall, Jonathan M. Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute P, 1994.

———. “The Nuclear Nomads of Bikini.” Foreign Policy 39 (1980): 74-98.

Wood, John. “India’s Narmada River Dams: Sadar Sarovar under Siege.” Asian Survey 33 (1993): 968-84.

Kluge, P.F., The Edge of Paradise:  America in Micronesia, Random House, New York.

Marshall, S.L. Island Victory: The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll. University of Nebraska Press.

Hezel, Francis X., The First Taint of Civilization: A History of the Caroline and Marshall Islands in Pre-Colonial Days, 1521-1885, Pacific Islands Monograph Series, No. 1, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.

———., Strangers in Their Own Land:  A Century of Colonial Rule in the Caroline and Marshall Islands, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.

———, Winds of Change, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.
Hezel, Francis X., The New Shape of Old Island Cultures, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.

Von Chamisso, Adelbert , A Voyage Around the World with the Romanzov Exploring Expedition in the Years 1815 – 1818 in the Brig Rurik, Captain Otto Von Kotzebue,  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu.

Light, Michael. 100 Suns: 1945-1962. New York: ALfred A. Knopf, 2003.

Szasz, Ferenc M. The Day the Sun Rose Twice: The Story of the Trinity Site Nuclear Explosion, July 16, 1945. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984.

Peattie, Mark R. Nan’yo: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese in Micronesia, 1885-1945. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Hawiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii, 1988.


Websites — further sources related to nuclear bomb testing in the Marshall Islands. further information about Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro’s films set in the Marshall Islands. - the official site of the Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program. – the official site of the “Canoes in the Marshall Islands” program — the site of Youth Bridge Global, an NGO co-founded by professor Andrew Garrod with the aim of mounting Shakespearean plays in under resourced areas. — an online source of news for the Marshall Islands. – the site of the Marshall Islands Journal.


Poems by Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner:

“History Project,”

 “Tell Them,” - Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s blog.



Few films about the Marshall Islands exist. Here we provide a list of some of the titles we consulted while researching for The Undiscovered Country.



Radio Bikini (1988, dir. Robert Stone, available from Amazon)

Bikini: Forbidden Paradise (1992, available from Bikini Atoll Online Store)

Home on the Range (1990, dir. Adam Horowitz)

Nuclear Savage (2012, dir. Adam Horowitz)

Wa Kuk Wa Jimor – Marshallese Canoes Today (2011, dir. Rachel Miller, available online on Vimeo)

Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age (1986, dir. Dennis O’Rourke)

Ri-Belle (2005, dir. David Yorio)

Unnatural Causes: Collateral Damage (2008)

Protecting Micronesia (2010, Deutsche Welle, available on YouTube)

Canoes of the Marshall Islands (2003, dir. Terry Sasser)



Morning Comes So Soon (2008, dir. Aaron Condon & Michael Cruz)

Na Noniep (2009, dir. Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro)

Yokwe Bartowe (2010, dir. Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro)

Laninbwil’s Gift (2011, dir. Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro)

The Sound of Crickets At Night (2012, dir. Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro)


More information about Jack Niedenthal and Suzanne Chutaro’s films can be found at the Microwave Films of the Marshall Islands website. Their films, along with some of the documentaries, and ‘Morning Comes So Soon’ can be purchased from the Bikini Atoll online DVD store.