Jesuit Historiography Online

Subject: History
Editor: Robert A. Maryks

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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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Historiography of Jesuit Cartography

(14,561 words)

Author(s): Batchelor, Robert
Robert Batchelor [email protected] Last modified: February 2019I. Introduction: The Absence of a FieldJesuit cartography, a vast and lively area of historical scholarship, does not as yet have a proper…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of Jesuit Post-Restoration Philosophy

(11,592 words)

Author(s): Casalini, Cristiano
Cristiano Casalini [email protected] Last modified: December 2016   PreludeA historiographical paper on Jesuit modern philosophy must address some methodological issues before developing its arguments. First o…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of Jesuits in Canada since 1842

(9,300 words)

Author(s): Meehan, S.J., John D.
John D. Meehan, S.J. [email protected] Last modified: June 2017Since their return to Canada in 1842, Jesuits have played an instrumental role in education and intellectual life, domestic and foreign miss…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of Jesuit Spirituality

(7,749 words)

Author(s): Faesen, Rob
Rob Faesen, S.J. [email protected] Last modified: October 2018The historiography of Jesuit spirituality is a very complex subject. Indeed, the vast majority of studies and publications on the histo…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of the Art and Architecture of the Jesuits

(20,185 words)

Jeffrey Muller [email protected] Last modified: October 2017What historical concepts and traditions have framed our views of the art and architecture of the Jesuits as we see them now? This question …
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of the Australian Province

(7,935 words)

Author(s): Strong, S.J., David
David Strong, S.J. [email protected] Last modified: June 2017The Australian province was founded as a mission to South Australia by the Austrian province in 1848. Jesuits settled initially in Sevenhill, est…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of the Jesuits in Britain in the Late Modern Period

(7,759 words)

Author(s): von Arx, S.J., Jeffrey P.
Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. [email protected] Last modified: November 2019Introduction: The RestorationThe English Jesuits1 resumed their official existence after the suppression of the Society in 1803 when they receive…
Date: 2020-07-24

Historiography of the Jesuits in England in the Early Modern Period

(9,458 words)

Author(s): Thomas, Hannah
Hannah Thomas [email protected] Last modified: July 2017Introduction: English Mission to English Province1The Jesuit mission to England was launched from Rome in April 1580, and by July of the same yea…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of the Philippine Province

(13,378 words)

Author(s): Javellana, S.J., René B.
René B. Javellana, S.J. [email protected] Last modified: December 2016For a number of decades now, Jesuit studies have passed from being dominated by Jesuit scholars and writers to non-Jesuit specialists …
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of the Post-Restoration Society of Jesus in Spain

(8,895 words)

Author(s): Revuelta González, Manuel
Manuel Revuelta González [email protected] Last modified: December 2016HistoryThe restoration of the Society of Jesus in Spain began in the year 1815, but the Jesuits delayed many years in the writing o…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography of the Post-Restoration Society of Jesus in Spanish America

(23,548 words)

Author(s): Salas-Fernández, Manuel | Soaje-de-Elías, Raquel
Manuel Salas-Fernández [email protected] Raquel Soaje-de-Elías [email protected]Last modified: January 2022IntroductionThis essay examines texts by Jesuit, religious (bishops, priests, nuns), and lay scholars …
Date: 2022-03-27

Historiography of the Society of Jesus: The Case of France after the Order’s Restoration in 1814

(16,283 words)

Author(s): Avon, Dominique | Rocher, Philippe
Dominique Avon and Philippe Rocher [email protected] [email protected] Last modified: March 2017For a long time, the histories of the Jesuits and of anti-Jesuitism remained intertwined.1 In 1640, o…
Date: 2019-06-18

Historiography on the Jesuits in Italy after 1814

(9,292 words)

Author(s): Dahl, David Lebovitch
David Lebovitch Dahl [email protected] Last modified: September 2018  In Italy the Jesuit order has been more often the object of polemics than of historical scholarship, and historical scholarship on the…
Date: 2019-09-27

History-Writing and the Philosophy of Language: A Proposal for the Periodization of Early Modern Jesuit Historiography

(9,011 words)

Author(s): Bonda, Moreno
Moreno Bonda [email protected] Last modified: February 2018 IntroductionAny attempt to divide history into distinct periods is not just a challenging task but also an arbitrary one. Continuous forms have no caesurae: the parame…
Date: 2019-06-18