I am eager to expand my bench of potential contributors to an edited volume on the eighteenth-century suppression of the Jesuits. My chapter on the suppression in Thomas Worcester’s Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits (Cambridge, 2008) began with a lament: that a satisfactory, modern, English-language account of this most intriguing of historical events is yet to be written. The proposed volume will hopefully bring us closer to this elusive goal.
Obvious subjects include but are not limited to:
— accounts of the various local suppressions: in France, Spain, Portugal, their satellite territories and overseas possessions.
— the papal and curial politics that accompanied the process of suppression
— the role of ambassadors in bringing the suppression to fruition
— the response of Jesuits to the suppression: perhaps most interestingly, the strategies of survival employed by those who suddenly found themselves to be ex-Jesuits
— the popular reaction to the suppression: polemic, newspaper articles, visual media, etc
— the informal survival of Jesuit-based groups during the suppression years
— the relationship between the suppression and the currents of eighteenth-century thought
— the re-emergence of the Jesuit enterprise: Russia and America, etc.
— the historiographical legacy: what have historians made of the suppression?
This list is neither prescriptive nor proscriptive and if any colleagues feel that they could make a contribution to such a volume I would ask them to contact me at email@example.com
A summation of the proposed contribution (no more than 500 words) and a digest of relevant publications, etc would be helpful.
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