The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, and Consequences


The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, and Consequences



Georgia Southern University faculty member Jeffrey D. Burson co-authored The Jesuit Suppression in Global Context: Causes, Events, and Consequences. He authored “Between Power and Enlightenment: The Cultural and Intellectual Context for the Jesuit Suppression in France” and “Introduction: Towards a New History of Jesuit Suppression in Global Context” in the publication.

Book Summary: In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus, a dramatic, puzzling act that had a profound impact. This volume traces the causes of the attack on the Jesuits, the national expulsions that preceded universal suppression, and the consequences of these extraordinary developments. The Suppression occurred at a unique historical juncture, at the high-water mark of the Enlightenment and on the cusp of global imperial crises and the Age of Revolution. After more than two centuries, answers to how and why it took place remain unclear. A diverse selection of essays - covering France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Eastern Europe, and the Americas - reflects the complex international elements of the Jesuit Suppression. The contributors shed new light on its significance by drawing on the latest research. Essential reading on a crucial yet previously neglected topic, this collection will interest scholars of eighteenth-century religious, intellectual, cultural, and political history.

  • Combines narrative accounts with deeper analysis, allowing readers to place events in a broader interpretive perspective
  • Features essays from contributors who are all established experts in their respective fields
  • Addresses events across Europe and in overseas colonies for a truly international perspective

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Cambridge University Press