Jesuit Historiography Online

Subject: History
Editor: Robert A. Maryks

Jesuit Historiography Online (JHO) is an Open Access resource offering over seventy historiographical essays written by experts in their field. Aimed at scholars of Jesuit history and at those in all overlapping areas, the essays in JHO provide summaries of key texts from the earlier literature, painstaking surveys of more recent work, and digests of archival and online resources. Crucially, the scope of the essays is global: they cover both Anglophone and non-Anglophone sources and scholarship from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The result is much more than a bibliographical check-list: authors explore trends in Jesuit historiography and provide a nuanced, systematic, and in-depth analysis of what has been written—when, why, and by whom—about arguably the most prolific, diverse, and wide-ranging religious order within the Roman Catholic tradition. JHO is available in Open Access thanks to generous support from the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.

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Jesuit Contribution to Science 1814–2000: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Agustín Udías
Agustín Udías Last modified: December 2016  AbstractAfter their restoration in 1814, the Jesuits renewed their scientific tradition and have continued it up to the present day. Although t…
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuit Devotional Literature

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Author(s): Charles R. Keenan
Charles R. Keenan Last modified: May 2017 IntroductionWhat is Jesuit devotional literature? Unlike many of the other topics included in this collection, what should and should not be cla…
Date: 2017-06-26

Jesuit Emblematics between Theory and Practice

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Author(s): Ralph Dekoninck
Ralph Dekoninck Last modified: April 2017 The contribution of the fathers of the Society of Jesus to the flowering of emblematic culture has by now been fully illuminated by a series of studies.1 This es…
Date: 2017-07-20

Jesuit Historiography in Africa

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Author(s): Festo Mkenda
Festo Mkenda, S.J. Last modified: January 2017 Jesuit history in Africa can be easily divided into three main periods. The first period goes back to the earliest Jesuit mission…
Date: 2018-03-06

Jesuit Historiography in Bohemia

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Author(s): Ivo Cerman
Ivo Cerman Last modified: June 2017 The history of Bohemian Jesuits starts in 1555 when Peter Canisius (1521–97) was sent to Prague to examine the situation and judge whether it would be…
Date: 2017-07-20

Jesuit Historiography in Modern Portugal

(10,191 words)

Author(s): Francisco Malta Romeiras
Francisco Malta Romeiras Last modified: January 2017  Opening Remarks1The history of the Society of Jesus in Portugal can be divided into four different phases: 1) 1540–17592; 2) 1829–34; 3) 1858…
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuits and Jurisprudence

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Author(s): Decock, Wim
Wim Decock1 Last modified: July 2018 1. Tensions between the Active and the Contemplative Life In 1606, Claudio Acquaviva received the results of an enquiry into the state of spir…
Date: 2018-07-17

Jesuit Science before 1773: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Sheila J. Rabin
Sheila J. Rabin1 Last modified: February 2017 Introduction: The Jesuits in the Historiography of Early Modern ScienceThe Society of Jesus was first recognized as an order of the Catholic Church…
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuits in Germany—Post-Restoration

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Author(s): Róisín Healy
Róisín Healy Last modified: February 2018 Jesuits have been active in Europe’s German-speaking lands for nearly as many years after the restoration as before the suppression, but h…
Date: 2018-03-09

Jesuits in Indonesia, 1546–2015

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Author(s): Karel Steenbrink
Karel Steenbrink Last modified: December 2016 The Portuguese, as part of their journey eastwards in search of spices for trade and souls to be converted to Christianity, conquered Malacc…
Date: 2017-07-19

Jesuits in Portuguese-Speaking America: A Historiographic Vacuum in Post-Restoration Period

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Author(s): Wilde, Guillermo | Torre-Londoño, Fernando | Obermeier, Franz
Guillermo Wilde Fernando Torre-Londoño Franz Obermeier Last modified: December 2018The Historiography of the Society of Jesus in Portugu…
Date: 2019-01-25

Jesuits in Systematic Theology: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Bernhard Knorn
Bernhard Knorn1 Last modified: January 2017 Throughout the history of the Society of Jesus, its members have made important contributions to systematic theology. Indeed, many of the mo…
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuits in the American Colonies and the United States, 1700–1899

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Author(s): Catherine O'Donnell
Catherine O'Donnell Last modified: March 2017 As the eighteenth century began, a handful of Jesuits served the British mainland colonies. They were an obscure part of a province, the Engli…
Date: 2017-07-19

Jesuits in the Low Countries (1542–1773): A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Gerrit Vanden Bosch
Gerrit Vanden Bosch Last modified: December 2016   The Jesuits entered the Low Countries as fugitives. In 1542, eight members of the young Society arrived in Leuven after being expelled from F…
Date: 2017-07-20