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date: 22 October 2020

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The historical literature on the Jesuits appeared as soon as the Society was founded. A significant portion of this literature was written by Jesuits themselves. Anti-Jesuit writings likewise have made up some of the material, and confessional politics dominated the field for several centuries. The first half of the twentieth century saw a relative lull in scholarly activity. In recent decades, non-Jesuits and non-Catholics have played a much greater role in Jesuit historiography, and much of the most recent scholarship on Jesuit history is innovative in its interdisciplinary and postconfessional aspects. Currently, the field of Jesuit historical studies is arguably the most liveliest it has ever been, with online publications and new reference works appearing regularly.

Keywords: Anti-Jesuit, Baroque, edifying literature, hagiography, missions, John W. O’Malley, spirituality suppression, Vatican II

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