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War and Memorials

The Age of Nationalism and the Great War

Edited by Frank Jacob and Kenneth Pearl

War Memorials were an important element of nation building, for the invention of traditions, and the establishment of historical traditions. Especially nationalist remembrance in the late 19th century and the memory of the First World War stimulated a memorial boom in the period which the present book is focusing on.
The remembrance of war is nothing particularly new in history, since victories in decisive battles had been of interest since ancient times. However, the age of nationalism and the First World War triggered a new level of war remembrance that was expressed in countless memorials all over the world. The present volume presents the research of international specialists from different disciplines within the Humanities, whose research is dealing with the role of war memorials for the remembrance of conflicts like the First World War and their perceptions within the analyzed societies. It will be shown how memorials – in several different chronological and geographical contexts – were used to remember the dead, remind the survivors, and warn the descendants.


Thomas M. McCoog, S.J.

The British Isles and Ireland tested the self-proclaimed adaptability and flexibility of the new Society of Jesus. A mission to Ireland highlighted the complexities and ended in failure in the early 1580s, not to be revived until 1598. The fabled Jesuit mission to England in 1580 conceived in wistful optimism was baptized with blood with the execution of Edmund Campion in 1581 and the consequent political manoeuveres of Robert Persons. The Scottish mission began in December 1581. The three missions remained distinct in the pre-suppression period despite an occasional proposal for integration. The English mission was the largest, the bloodiest, the most controversial, and the only one to progress to full provincial status. The government tried to suppress it; the Benedictines tried to complement it; the vicars-apostolic tried to control it; and foreign Jesuits tried to recognize it. Nonetheless, the English province forged a corporate identity that even withstood the suppression.


Paolo Astorri

It is clear that the Lutheran Reformation greatly contributed to changes in theological and legal ideas – but what was the extent of its impact on the field of contract law?

Legal historians have extensively studied the contract doctrines developed by Roman Catholic theologians and canonists; however, they have largely neglected Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Johann Aepinus, Martin Chemnitz, Friedrich Balduin and many other reformers. This book focuses on those neglected voices of the Reformation, exploring their role in the history of contract law. These men mapped out general principles to counter commercial fraud and dictated norms to regulate standard economic transactions. The most learned jurists, such as Matthias Coler, Peter Heige, Benedict Carpzov, and Samuel Stryk, among others, studied these theological teachings and implemented them in legal tenets. Theologians and jurists thus cooperated in resolving contract law problems, especially those concerning interest and usury.

Der Mensch in Gesellschaft

Zur Vorgeschichte des modernen Subjekts in der Frühen Neuzeit

Edited by Michael Hohlstein, Rudolf Schlögl and Isabelle Schürch

Die Gesellschaft der Moderne und noch der Postmoderne imaginiert sich den Menschen als „Subjekt“. Vernunft, Willen und Reflexivität sind ihr die Grundlagen für seine Zerrissenheit, aber auch seine Singularität oder seine unternehmende Dynamik.
Der vorliegende Band untersucht den Ursprung der dauerhaften Karriere des Subjekts in der Frühen Neuzeit. In diesen Jahrhunderten entwickelte sich aus dem beseelten Menschen des Christentums ein sich mit Sinnen und Verstand in der Welt orientierendes Wesen. Der Band zeigt, dass der Mensch als Subjekt adressierbar wurde nicht nur, weil eine entsprechende Semantik verfügbar war, sondern auch, weil neu entstandene soziale Strukturen ihn darauf vorbereiteten.

Monumenta Illustrata

Raumwissen und antiquarische Gelehrsamkeit


Edited by Dietrich Boschung and Alfred Schäfer

Bereits zur Zeit der europäischen Renaissance, lange vor der Ausrufung eines spatial turn in den Kulturwissenschaften, wurde das wechselseitige Verhältnis von Raum und Wissen als Analysekategorie eingeführt. Der Band demonstriert das mit Untersuchungen zu den archäologischen Landeskunden des 15. bis 17. Jahrhundert.
In der geographisch-historischen Betrachtung erschlossen sich im 15. Jahrhundert Raumkonzepte, die wiederum auf das eigene Selbstverständnis zurückwirkten. Der vorliegende Band geht in Fallstudien zu landeskundlichen Forschungen der frühen Neuzeit der Geschichte des Raumwissens nach. Dabei kommt Flavio Biondos Italia Illustrata (erschienen 1474) ein besonderes Interesse zu, da das Werk in vielen Bereichen Europas ähnliche Untersuchungen angeregt hat, etwa in Spanien, Skandinavien, der Schweiz und im Rheingebiet.


Alexandre Coello de la Rosa

This essay deals with the missionary work of the Society of Jesus in today’s Micronesia from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Although the Jesuit missionaries wanted to reach Japan and other Pacific islands, such as the Palau and Caroline archipelagos, the crown encouraged them to stay in the Marianas until 1769 (when the Society of Jesus was expelled from the Philippines) to evangelize the native Chamorros as well as to reinforce the Spanish presence on the fringes of the Pacific empire. In 1859, a group of Jesuit missionaries returned to the Philippines, but they never officially set foot on the Marianas during the nineteenth century. It was not until the twentieth century that they went back to Micronesia, taking charge of the mission on the Northern Marianas along with the Caroline and Marshall Islands, thus returning to one of the cradles of Jesuit martyrdom in Oceania.


Paul F. Grendler

Paul F. Grendler, noted historian of European education, surveys Jesuit schools and universities throughout Europe from the first school founded in 1548 to the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773. The Jesuits were noted educators who founded and operated an international network of schools and universities that enrolled students from the age of ten through doctoral studies. The essay analyzes the organization, curriculum, pedagogy, culture, financing, relations with civil authorities, enrollments, and social composition of students in Jesuit pre-university schools. Grendler then explains Jesuit universities. The Jesuits governed and did all the teaching in small collegiate universities. In large civic-Jesuit universities the Jesuits taught the humanities, philosophy, and theology, while lay professors taught law and medicine. The article provides examples ranging from the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, to universities across Europe. It features a complete list of Jesuit schools in France.


Peter H. Sedgwick

In The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology Peter H. Sedgwick shows how Anglican moral theology has a distinctive ethos, drawing on Scripture, Augustine, the medieval theologians (Abelard, Aquinas and Scotus), and the great theologians of the Reformation, such as Luther and Calvin. A series of studies of Tyndale, Perkins, Hooker, Sanderson and Taylor shows the flourishing of this discipline from 1530 to 1670. Anglican moral theology has a coherence which enables it to engage in dialogue with other Christian theological traditions and to present a deeply pastoral but intellectually rigorous theological position. This book is unique because the origins of Anglican moral theology have never been studied in depth before.


Edited by Paul Pelckmans

Les Fables de La Fontaine multiplient les échos savamment aménagés. Le présent recueil voudrait souligner qu’elles aménagent aussi toute une intertextualité interne: les douze Livres regroupent des textes qui avaient déjà circulé séparément et dont la mise en série, même si elle ne débouche sur aucune structure globale du recueil, crée quelquefois des irisations assez paradoxales. Les études ici rassemblées cherchent à définir les critères qui permettent de reconnaître ces sériages, que La Fontaine souligne rarement pour laisser à la sagacité du lecteur le plaisir de les repérer. On voudrait montrer aussi que certaines fables très connues prennent, à la faveur de ces voisinages, une couleur fort inattendue.

La Fontaine’s Fables cultivate a sophisticated art of subtle echoes. They also set up occasionally a discreet internal intertextuality: the twelve Books of the definitive edition group texts that had already circulated separately and create somewhere brief series with very surprising iridescences. The author’s of the present essays search to define benchmarks that may allow to recognize this series: La Fontaine mostly preferred not to stress them explicitly, it should be the reader’s pleasure to locate them! The essays show also that some very well-known fables present, when read in combination with their neighbour-texts, a completely unexpected physiognomy.

Avec les contributions de / contributors: Julien Bardot, Patrick Dandrey, Marc Escola, Sjef Houppermans, Yves Lepestipon, Paul.J.Smith, Tiphaine Rolland