Introduction Jonathan Wright and Jeffrey D. Burson; Part I. Causes: 1. Plots and rumors of plots: the role of conspiracy in the international campaign against the Society of Jesus, 1758-68 Dale K. Van Kley; 2. Between power and Enlightenment: the cultural and intellectual context for the Jesuit Suppression in France Jeffrey D. Burson; 3. Friends as liabilities: Christophe de Beaumont's defense of the Jesuits Tom Worcester; Part II. Events: 4. On the road to suppression: the Jesuits and their expulsion from the reductions of Paraguay Maurice Whitehead; 5. The end of the Jesuit mission in China R. Po-chia Hsia; 6. The expulsion and suppression in Portugal and Spain: an overview Emanuele Colombo and Niccolo Guasti; 7. The Suppression of the Jesuits in the Savoyard state Christopher Storrs; 8. 'Lost in the title': John Thorpe's eyewitness account of the Suppression Thomas McCoog; 9. French Jesuits, c.1756-1814 D. Gillian Thompson; Part III. Consequences: 10. General suppression, Russian survival, American success: the 'Russian' Society of Jesus and the Jesuits in the United States Daniel L. Schlafly, Jr; 11. Adam Beckers (1744-1806), (ex-)Jesuit in Amsterdam, and the Society of Jesus from Suppression to Restoration Paul Begheyn; 12. Ex-Jesuits in the east Habsburg lands, Silesia and Poland Paul Shore; 13. The exile of the Spanish Jesuits in Italy (1767-1815) Niccolo Guasti; 14. The legacies of Suppression; Jesuit culture and science: what was lost? What was gained? Louis Caruana.
This volume analyses the causes and consequences of the Jesuit Suppression, one of the most dramatic events in eighteenth-century history.
Jeffrey D. Burson is Associate Professor of French History and the Enlightenment at Georgia Southern University. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Theological Enlightenment: Jean-Martin de Prades and Ideological Polarization in Eighteenth-Century France and coeditor, with Ulrich L. Lehner, of Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe: A Transnational History. Jonathan Wright is Honorary Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. He has also been a Thouron Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the Leibniz Institute of European History. His publications include God's Soldiers: Adventure, Politics, Intrigue, and Power - A History of the Jesuits; Heretics: The Creation of Christianity from the Gnostics to the Modern Church; and Layered Landscapes: Early Modern Religious Space across Faiths and Cultures (with Eric Nelson, forthcoming).