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 this period has not received as much attention as the one stretching from the foundation of the order in 1540 to its suppression in 1773, the establishment of observatories throughout the world, beginning in 1824 and tapering off since about 1970, has aroused a certain degree of interest among historians. Articles on the subject are divided into those of general scope and those dealing with specific observatories. The fields of astronomy, meteorology, and geophysics are of particular interest, and special attention is given to the study of tropical hurricanes, seismology, and geomagnetism. These articles are a good source of information about Jesuits’ work in the observatories. But other Jesuit scientific contributions have received little attention. One such neglected subject is the research conducted at Jesuit colleges and universities in fields like mathematics, physics, and biology. Contributions to biology and environmental studies, especially in India, are a more recent concern that the literature has yet to address. Another area awaiting fuller development is the biography of Jesuit scientists, although some attention has been given to Angelo Secchi (1818–78) and Stephen Perry (1833–89). (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [1881–1955], who has a very abundant bibliography devoted to him, is a special case.) The spirituality of Jesuit scientists and their position in the dialogue between science and religion are…
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 classified as “Jesuit devotional literature” is difficult to define with precision, although not for lack of material. The Society of Jesus has produced an incredible amount of printed works in its history, m…
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 em…
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

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Author(s): Francisco Malta Romeiras
Francisco Malta Romeiras Last modified: January 2017  Opening Remarks…
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuits and Jurisprudence

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Author(s): Decock, Wim
Wim Decock…
Date: 2018-07-17

Jesuit Science before 1773: A Historiographical Essay

(8,314 words)

Author(s): Sheila J. Rabin
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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 lan…
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 jou…
Date: 2017-07-19

Jesuits in Systematic Theology: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Bernhard Knorn
Bernhard Knorn…
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…
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 entere…
Date: 2017-07-20