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By John T. McGreevy

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Jesuits appeared fated for oblivion. Dissolved as a non secular order in 1773 by way of one pope, they have been restored in 1814 through one other, yet with basically 600 elderly contributors. but a century later, the Jesuits numbered seventeen thousand males and have been on the forefront of the Catholic Church's growth world wide. within the usa specifically, foreign-born Jesuits outfitted universities and colleges, aided Catholic immigrants, and served as missionaries. This booklet strains this nineteenth-century resurgence, exhibiting 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 us for missionary ventures around the Pacific. each 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 fantastic therapeutic, and the academic efforts of yank Jesuits in Manila. those tales position the Jesuits on the heart of the global conflict among Catholics and liberal nationalists, and show how the Jesuits not just revived their very own order yet made glossy Catholicism extra global.

The result's a tremendous contribution to trendy international background and a useful exam of the that means of spiritual liberty in a pluralistic age.

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