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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The Dynamics of Anti-Jesuitism in the History of the Society of Jesus

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Author(s): Fabre, Pierre-Antoine | Franco, José Eduardo
Pierre-Antoine Fabre and José Eduardo Franco Last modified: November 2018This contribution was jointly conceived by one specialist in the history of the…
Date: 2018-11-16

The Historiography of Jesuit Pedagogy

(13,212 words)

Author(s): Claude N. Pavur, S.J.
Claude N. Pavur, S.J. Last modified: January 2017  Overview: Jesuit Pedagogy and the Ratio studiorumPedagogy here refers not to the didactics or methods of instruction but to the whole educational “conc…
Date: 2017-11-20

The Historiography of Jesuits in the Italian Peninsula and Islands before the Suppression

(9,721 words)

Author(s): Kathleen Comerford
Kathleen M. Comerford Last modified: December 2016   In 1993, historian Miguel Batllori posited that the history of the Jesuits in the Italian peninsula required a different appro…
Date: 2017-07-19

The Historiography of pre-1773 Jesuit Philosophy: 1814–2018

(15,382 words)

Author(s): Schmutz, Jacob
Jacob Schmutz Last modified: November 2018In 1849, Orestes Brownson (1803–76), a famous New England intellectual recently converted from Presbytarianism to Catholicism, …
Date: 2018-12-06

The Historiography of the Jesuit Missions in India (1500–1800)

(8,136 words)

Author(s): Ines G. Županov
Ines G. Županov Last modified: November 2016From Letters to History in the Early Modern PeriodThe very first Jesuit mission started in India with the arrival of Francis Xavier (1506–52) in 1542. Thi…
Date: 2017-07-19

The Historiography of the Jesuit Presence in Oceania

(10,047 words)

Author(s): Alexandre Coello de la Rosa
Alexandre Coello de la Rosa Last modified: December 2016  Introduction: from res nullius to Missionary KnowledgeOf all Oceanian islands, the Society of Jesus only set foot on some archipelagos lyi…
Date: 2017-07-20

The Historiography of the Jesuits in Brazil Prior to the Suppression

(8,127 words)

Author(s): McGinness, Anne B.
Anne B. McGinness1 Last modified: July 2018 The Jesuits Fernão Cardim ( c.1549–1625), José de Anchieta (1534–97), and Manuel de Nóbrega (1517–70) recorded the initial …
Date: 2018-07-17

The Historiography of the Jesuits in China

(10,457 words)

Author(s): Paul Rule
Paul Rule Last modified: December 2016 The main challenge in writing a survey of the historiography of the Jesuits in China is to determine what is most important in such a veritable fl…
Date: 2017-11-20

The Historiography of the Jesuits in Vietnam: 1615–1773 and 1957–2007

(10,274 words)

Author(s): Tran, Anh
Anh Q. Tran, S.J. Last modified: October 2018In contrast to the wealth of information about the Jesuits in China and Japan, the parallel story of the Jesuit presence in Vietnam has received m…
Date: 2018-11-19

The Historiography of the Pre-Suppression Jesuit Mission in France

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Author(s): Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson Last modified: January 2017 The Society of Jesus’s future French province was also its birthplace. While studying at the University of Paris, Ignatius of Loyola met …
Date: 2017-08-01

The Historiography of the Society of Jesus during the Years of Its Suppression (1773–1814)

(8,466 words)

Author(s): Paul Shore
Paul Shore Last modified: November 2016   During the Years of SuppressionAfter having been expelled from many European countries and from their colonial empires, the Jesuits were suppressed by the papal breve Dom…
Date: 2017-08-04

The Historiography on Early Modern Jesuits in Poland

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Author(s): Stanislaw Obirek
Stanislaw Obirek last modified: October 2017 IntroductionThe role played by the Jesuit Naphta in Thomas Mann’s 1924 masterpiece The Magic Mountain is a sign of the great writer’s fascination with the …
Date: 2017-10-12

The Jesuits and the Middle East from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Chantal Verdeil
Chantal Verdeil Last modified: February 2018 IntroductionThe Near East province of the Society of Jesus comprises over 130 members spread across seven countries in the region: Leba…
Date: 2018-03-09

Themes and Trends in the Historiography of the Restored Society of Jesus in India, from 1834 until the Present

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Author(s): Savio Abreu, S.J.
Savio Abreu, S.J.  last modified: May 2017IntroductionTo write an overview of the historiography of the restored Society of Jesus in India initially appeared a herculean task, not least be…
Date: 2017-08-04

The Society of Jesus and Korea: A Historiographical Essay

(10,404 words)

Author(s): Jieun Han | Franklin Rausch
Jieun Han and Franklin Last modified: April 2017  Until the 1950s, only a handful of Jesuits ever actually set foot on the Korean peninsula. However, despite the c…
Date: 2017-08-04

The Society of Jesus and the Early Modern Christian Orient

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Author(s): Robert John Clines
Robert John Clines Last modified: December 2016IntroductionWhen Ignatius of Loyola turned away from the courtier’s life toward a more spiritual one, he resolved that a missionary pilgrimage …
Date: 2017-07-19