Historiography of The Post-Restoration Society of Jesus in Latin America

Manuel Salas Fernández, Raquel Soaje de Elías, Robert Aleksander Maryks (Editor)

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This essay examines texts by Jesuit, religious (bishops, priests, nuns), and lay scholars in order to explore the historiography of the post-restoration Society of Jesus in Spanish America. The first part of the article covers texts that deal with the history of the Society of Jesus in Spain and Spanish America, as well as other historiographical essays. We also outline five ideas that are essential for the study of the Society’s history in the period since its papal restoration and reinstatement in the region. These five ideas, some of which can be traced to Pope Pius VII’s (1742–1823) pontificate (r.1800–23) and the reign of King Ferdinand VII (1784–1833, r.1808 and 1813–33), are still objects of controversy and open to historiographical debate.

The second part of the article focuses on general histories of the Society related to Spanish America, taking into account their individual or collective authorship, language (Spanish and translated), general and specific objectives, and the subjects treated, including controversies, education, missions, conferences, and congresses on the history of the order and the authors of the papers presented at them.

The third part of the article consists of a systematic list of publications related to the Society’s post-restoration return to various regions of Spanish America, as well as the history of its colonization. It also provides a detailed account of the historiographical production related to how Jesuits were received, and the administrative divisions created on their return. In this regard, it is worth noting that the settlements took place in the provinces founded by the order during the colonial era, and that, as the provinces consolidated, the administrative divisions accommodated themselves to the newly independent countries.

The article concludes with some remarks on the Jesuit historiography of Spanish America following the Society’s restoration.
Idioma originalInglés
PublicaciónJesuit Historiography Online
EstadoAceptada/en prensa - 2020

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