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By John T. McGreevy

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Jesuits appeared fated for oblivion. Dissolved as a spiritual order in 1773 by means of one pope, they have been restored in 1814 via one other, yet with in simple terms 600 elderly individuals. but a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand males and have been on the forefront of the Catholic Church's enlargement worldwide. within the usa specially, foreign-born Jesuits outfitted universities and colleges, aided Catholic immigrants, and served as missionaries. This ebook lines this nineteenth-century resurgence, displaying how Jesuits nurtured a Catholic modernity via a disciplined counterculture of parishes, colleges, and associations.

Drawing on archival fabrics from 3 continents, American Jesuits and the World tracks Jesuits who left Europe for the USA and Jesuits who left the U.S. for missionary ventures around the Pacific. every one bankruptcy tells the tale of a revealing or arguable occasion, together with the tarring and feathering of an exiled Swiss Jesuit in Maine, the efforts of French Jesuits in Louisiana to procure Vatican approval of a staggering therapeutic, and the tutorial efforts of yankee Jesuits in Manila. those tales position the Jesuits on the middle of the global conflict among Catholics and liberal nationalists, and exhibit how the Jesuits not just revived their very own order yet made glossy Catholicism extra global.

The result's an important contribution to fashionable worldwide background and a useful exam of the that means of non secular liberty in a pluralistic age.

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