The Years of Jesuit Suppression, 1773–1814: Survival, Setbacks, and Transformation

Brill's Research Perspectives in Jesuit Studies


Author: Paul Shore
The forty-one years between the Society of Jesus’s papal suppression in 1773 and its eventual restoration in 1814 remain controversial, with new research and interpretations continually appearing. Shore’s narrative approaches these years, and the period preceding the suppression, from a new perspective that covers individuals not usually discussed in works dealing with this topic. As well as examining the contributions of former Jesuits to fields as diverse as ethnology—a term and concept pioneered by an ex-Jesuit—and library science, where Jesuits and ex-Jesuits laid the groundwork for the great advances of the nineteenth century, the essay also explores the period the exiled Society spent in the Russian Empire. It concludes with a discussion of the Society’s restoration in the broader context of world history.
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Paul Shore, PhD (1986), is an adjunct professor of religious studies at the University of Regina and a life member of Wolfson College, Cambridge University. He has authored numerous publications on Jesuit history, including Narratives of Adversity: Jesuits in the Eastern Peripheries of the Habsburg Realms (1640–1773) (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2012).
All interested in Jesuit history, in the cultural and religious history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.