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

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Author(s): Kathleen Comerford
Kathleen M. Comerford Last modified: December 2016  In 1993, historian Miguel Batllori posited that the history of the Jesuits in the Italian peninsula required a …
Date: 2016-12-01

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

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Author(s): Ines G. Županov
Ines G. Županov Last modified: November 2016  From Letters to History in the Early Modern PeriodThe very first Jesuit mi…
Date: 2016-10-20

The Historiography of the Jesuit Presence in Oceania

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Author(s): Alexandre Coello de la Rosa
Alexandre Coello de la Rosa Last modified: December 2016  Introduction: from res nullius to Missionary KnowledgeOf all Oceanian islands, the Society…
Date: 2016-10-17

The Historiography of the Jesuits in China

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Author(s): Paul Rule
Paul Rule Last modified: December 2016  The 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 flood of publications over four and a half centuries. During such a long period of time also notions of history and history writing have undergone changes of fashion and…
Date: 2016-10-17

The Historiography of the Pre-Suppression Jesuit Mission in France

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Author(s): Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson Last modified: January 2017  The Society of Jesus’s future French province was also its birthplace. While studying at the University of …
Date: 2016-10-20

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

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Author(s): Paul Shore
Paul Shore Last modified: November 2016  During the Years of SuppressionAfter having been expelled from many European countries and from their …
Date: 2016-10-17