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
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 a…
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuit Devotional Literature

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Author(s): Charles R. Keenan
Charles R. Keenan Last modified: May 2017 …
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 emblema…
Date: 2017-07-20

Jesuit Historiography in Africa

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Author(s): Festo Mkenda
Date: 2017-07-19

Jesuit Historiography in Bohemia

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Author(s): Ivo Cerman
Date: 2017-07-20

Jesuit Science before 1773: A Historiographical Essay

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Author(s): Sheila J. Rabin
Sheila J. Rabin1 Last modified: February 2017 …
Date: 2017-08-04

Jesuits in Indonesia, 1546–2015

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Author(s): Karel Steenbrink
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 entered the Low Countries as fugitives. In 1542, eight members of the young Society arrived in Leuven after being expelled from France as victims of the Franco-Spanish war. They established a first community that would become the nucleus of a Jesuit college. In 1555, a second community was founded in Tournai in the Walloon part of the Spanish Netherlands. Although Ignatiu…
Date: 2017-07-20