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

(11,577 words)

Author(s): Fabre, Pierre-Antoine | Franco, José Eduardo | Fiolhais, Carlos
Pierre-Antoine Fabre,  José Eduardo Franco, and Carlos Fiolhais [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Last modified: November 2018This contribution was jointly conceived …
Date: 2020-04-07

The Historiography of Jesuit Pedagogy

(13,250 words)

Author(s): Pavur, S.J., Claude N.
Claude N. Pavur, S.J. [email protected] 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: 2019-06-18

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

(9,706 words)

Author(s): Comerford, Kathleen
Kathleen M. Comerford [email protected] Last modified: December 2016  In 1993, historian Miguel Batllori posited that the history of the Jesuits in the Italian peninsula required a different approa…
Date: 2019-06-18

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

(15,382 words)

Author(s): Schmutz, Jacob
Jacob Schmutz [email protected] Last modified: November 2018In 1849, Orestes Brownson (1803–76), a famous New England intellectual recently converted from Presbytarianism to Catholicism, …
Date: 2019-06-18

The Historiography of the Jesuit–Islam Interaction in Asia

(23,095 words)

Author(s): Coello de la Rosa, Alexandre | Melo, João Vicente
Alexandre Coello de la Rosa João Vicente Melo Last modified: September 20231. IntroductionBy the mid-sixteenth century, the Iberian Crowns had established overseas empires of colossal dimensions.1 European trade in Asia crea…
Date: 2023-08-17

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

(8,130 words)

Author(s): Županov, Ines G.
Ines G. Županov [email protected] 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: 2019-06-18

The Historiography of the Jesuit Presence in Oceania

(10,036 words)

Author(s): Coello de la Rosa, Alexandre
Alexandre Coello de la Rosa [email protected] 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: 2019-06-18

The Historiography of the Jesuits in Brazil Prior to the Suppression

(8,088 words)

Author(s): McGinness, Anne B.
Anne B. McGinness 1 [email protected] Last modified: July 2018The Jesuits Fernão Cardim ( c.1549–1625), José de Anchieta (1534–97), and Manuel de Nóbrega (1517–70) recorded the initial conceptual and practical ch…
Date: 2019-06-18

The Historiography of the Jesuits in China

(10,456 words)

Author(s): Rule, Paul
Paul Rule [email protected] Last modified: December 2016The 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 flo…
Date: 2019-06-18

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

(10,274 words)

Author(s): Tran, Anh
Anh Q. Tran, S.J.  [email protected] 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: 2019-06-18

The Historiography of the Pre-Suppression Jesuit Mission in France

(7,921 words)

Author(s): Nelson, Eric
Eric Nelson [email protected] Last modified: January 2017The Society of Jesus’s future French province was also its birthplace. While studying at the University of Paris, Ignatius of Loyola met t…
Date: 2019-06-18

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

(8,453 words)

Author(s): Shore, Paul
Paul Shore [email protected] 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 Domi…
Date: 2019-06-18

The Historiography on Early Modern Jesuits in Poland

(8,592 words)

Author(s): Obirek, Stanisław
Stanisław Obirek [email protected] Last modified: October 2017IntroductionThe 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 J…
Date: 2019-06-18

The Historiography on the Jesuits of New France

(34,248 words)

Author(s): Codignola, Luca
Luca Codignola [email protected] Last modified: August 20201. The Jesuits in New France: An Outline, 1611–1847New France (Nouvelle-France) was a geographical entity whose location and extension varied with…
Date: 2020-10-15

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

(6,896 words)

Author(s): Verdeil, Chantal
Chantal Verdeil [email protected] Last modified: February 2018IntroductionThe Near East province of the Society of Jesus comprises over 130 members spread across seven countries in the region: Leban…
Date: 2019-06-18

The Jesuits’ Contribution to the Study, Documentation, and Teaching of “Exotic” Languages

(13,538 words)

Author(s): Zwartjes, Otto
Otto Zwartjes [email protected] Last modified: October 2021IntroductionThis article provides an overview of the most important linguistic works composed by Jesuits during the modern age, a…
Date: 2021-10-26

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

(8,489 words)

Author(s): Abreu, S.J., Savio
Savio Abreu, S.J. [email protected] 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 bec…
Date: 2019-06-18

The Society of Jesus and Korea: A Historiographical Essay

(10,390 words)

Author(s): Han, Jieun | Rausch, Franklin
Jieun Han and Franklin [email protected] [email protected] 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: 2019-06-18

The Society of Jesus and the Early Modern Christian Orient

(10,016 words)

Author(s): Clines, Robert John
Robert John Clines [email protected] 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: 2019-06-18

The Society of Jesus in Ireland Post 1814: A Historiographical Survey

(11,373 words)

Author(s): Jackson, Brian
Brian Jackson [email protected] Last modified: May 2020Introduction“Why is it so hard to write a decent history of the Jesuits?”  When John Bossy (1933–2015) posed this provocative question, he offe…
Date: 2020-06-19