Pierre-Antoine Fabre, Patrick Goujon SJ, Martín M. Morales SJ, editors, La Compagnie de Jésus des Anciens Régimes au monde contemporain (XVIIIe – XXe siècles) – xiii+764 p. (Bibliotheca Instituti Historici Societatis Iesu, vol. 81), 2020. Full price € 60
La Compagnie de Jésus des Anciens Régimes au monde contemporain is a co-publication between Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu and L’École française de Rome, with the collaboration of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
The volume, edited by Pierre-Antoine Fabre, Patrick Goujon SJ and Martín M. Morales SJ, presents thirty-seven essays on the modern history of the Society of Jesus, spanning the eighteenth- to the twentieth centuries. The essays are multilingual, multidisciplinary and range across a wide chronological, geographical and thematic landscape within the field of modern history, while the papal Suppression (1773) and Restoration (1814) of the worldwide Society provide the volume’s main orientation.
Until recently, modern Jesuit history has received relatively limited scholarly attention. This volume aims to guide researchers in the riches of this period in the Society’s history and demonstrate its importance for modern historical studies more broadly.
A novelty of the volume is that it brings together the later history of the “Old Society”, the interim period of the Suppression (1773–1814), and the “New Society” (from the Restoration). The book’s broad frame provides a window onto the great ruptures of European history, the main events of modern Catholic history, and early globalization. While the well-known upheavals of this period come into view, the persistent continuities of these centuries also emerge, exemplified most potently by the Society’s own partial survival during the forty-one years of its papal suppression.