Jesuit Historiography Online

Subject: History

Editor: Robert A. Maryks, Boston College

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, S.J.
Agustín Udías, S.J. Last modified: December 2016  AbstractAfter their restoration in 1814, the Jesuits renewed their scientific tradition and have continued it up to the present day. Altho…
Date: 2016-10-17

Jesuit Historiography in Africa

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Author(s): Festo Mkenda, S.J.
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: 2016-10-20

Jesuit Historiography in Modern Portugal

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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: 2016-10-17

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: 2017-02-02

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: 2016-10-17

Jesuits in Systematic Theology: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Bernhard Knorn, S.J.
Bernhard Knorn, S.J.1 Last modified: January 2017  Throughout the history of the Society of Jesus, its members have made important contributions to systematic theology. Indeed, many of t…
Date: 2017-01-01

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: 2016-10-20

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 Fr…
Date: 2016-10-17