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The making of an enterprise : the Society of Jesus in Portugal, its empire, and beyond, 1540-1750 /
Dauril Alden.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
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xxxi, 707 p., [14] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
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0804722714 (acid-free paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
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0804722714 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
625700
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 683-689) and index.
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Based on more than two decades of research conducted on five continents, this monumental work focuses on the activities of members of the Society of Jesus from its foundation to the eve of its expulsion from the Portuguese world. A second volume will examine the Order's expulsion, the fate of its members, and the disposition of its assets in Portugal and her empire from 1750 to 1808. The present volume begins with the Society's introduction to Portugal and traces its expansion throughout what the Society defined as the Portuguese Assistancy, a vast complex of administrative units that included the kingdom of Portugal and her empire plus portions of the Indian subcontinent, Japan, China, the Indonesian archipelago, and Ethiopia. Though it fully describes the evangelical and educational activities of the Jesuits, the book emphasizes their political relations with Portuguese and indigenous leaders, the founding of their major training facilities, the development of their economic infrastructure, their activities as governmental administrators for the Portuguese in India and China, and their role in Portugal's unsuccessful attempts to preserve her eastern empire and to revive Brazil after the Dutch occupation (1630-1654). Throughout, the author makes insightful comparisons between the Jesuits and their peers in various parts of the Portuguese Assistancy and between the Jesuits and their monastic predecessors in various parts of Europe, notably France and England.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-02-01:
Alden's magisterial analysis is the product of more than 20 years of exhaustive research and, at present, is the definitive and most objective analysis of Jesuit history. The first two sections integrate a chronological and topical approach to the history of the order from its creation until the eve of its expulsion. They also introduce the reader to one of the most praiseworthy accomplishments of Alden's work: his ability to harness and organize a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and incorporate them into a very readable analytical narrative. The following two sections examine the order's role within the organization and administration of the Portuguese empire. The fourth section is particularly important; it explores sources of controversy surrounding the financing of the "enterprise," the relationship between the Society and the Crown, and the Jesuit attitudes toward and treatment of Indians and slaves. The final section provides an excellent summary and prepares the reader for the forthcoming second volume. All academic libraries should purchase this book. S. H. Burkholder University of Missouri--St. Louis
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"This book represents a milestone, both in church and European expansion history. Nothing in print is as broad, inclusive, and probing as this study. It not only summarizes and integrates all previous scholarship, but it adduces and combines with the older studies a huge amount of original archival research. . . . This is the best in-depth study of any religious order."George D. Winius, University of Leiden
"This book represents a milestone, both in church and European expansion history. Nothing in print is as broad, inclusive, and probing as this study. It not only summarizes and integrates all previous scholarship, but it adduces and combines with the older studies a huge amount of original archival research. . . . This is the best in-depth study of any religious order."--George D. Winius, University of Leiden
"This meticulously researched and clearly written tome is destined to be a frequently consulted classic on the shelves of historians of Portugal, Brazil, India, and the Society of Jesuits. Dauril Alden...paints a highly readable, informative, and detailed history of the Jesuits, the premier missionary order of the Portuguese Crown."Alida C. Metcalf, Trinity University
"This meticulously researched and clearly written tome is destined to be a frequently consulted classic on the shelves of historians of Portugal, Brazil, India, and the Society of Jesuits. Dauril Alden...paints a highly readable, informative, and detailed history of the Jesuits, the premier missionary order of the Portuguese Crown."--Alida C. Metcalf, Trinity University
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"This book represents a milestone, both in church and European expansion history. Nothing in print is as broad, inclusive, and probing as this study. It not only summarizes and integrates all previous scholarship, but it adduces and combines with the older studies a huge amount of original archival research. . . . This is the best in-depth study of any religious order."George D. Winius, University of Leiden "This meticulously researched and clearly written tome is destined to be a frequently consulted classic on the shelves of historians of Portugal, Brazil, India, and the Society of Jesuits. Dauril Alden...paints a highly readable, informative, and detailed history of the Jesuits, the premier missionary order of the Portuguese Crown."Alida C. Metcalf, Trinity University
Back Cover Copy
"This book represents a milestone, both in church and European expansion history. Nothing in print is as broad, inclusive, and probing as this study. It not only summarizes and integrates all previous scholarship, but it adduces and combines with the older studies a huge amount of original archival research. . . . This is the best in-depth study of any religious order."--George D. Winius, University of Leiden "This meticulously researched and clearly written tome is destined to be a frequently consulted classic on the shelves of historians of Portugal, Brazil, India, and the Society of Jesuits. Dauril Alden...paints a highly readable, informative, and detailed history of the Jesuits, the premier missionary order of the Portuguese Crown."--Alida C. Metcalf, Trinity University
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is the first part of a major 2 volume history of the Society of Jesus in Portugal. The present volume begins with the Society's introduction to Portugal and traces its expansion throughout the Portuguese Assistancy.
Table of Contents
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Editorial Conventions
The Founding of a Controversial New Societyp. 3
Formation of the Province of Portugal, 1541-ca. 1615p. 24
Foundations of an Enterprise: The Distant Empire and Beyond, 1542-ca. 1615p. 41
The Perils of Propinquity: The Jesuits and the Crown, 1557-1640p. 79
Years of Achievement and Disappointment: The Jesuits and the Crown, 1640-1706p. 101
Mandarins and Martyrs: Gains and Losses in the East During the Seventeenth Centuryp. 130
An Empire and a Society in Peril: Consequences of the Anglo-Dutch Intrusions in the Eastern Seas, 1600-1641p. 159
The Collapse of the Estado da India and Its Impact upon the Society, 1641-1700p. 181
Vicissitudes of the Enterprise in the Atlantic World During the Seventeenth Centuryp. 206
The Governance of an Enterprise: The Hierarchy of the Portuguese Assistancyp. 229
Recruitment for an Enterprise: The Pertinacity of Eurocentrismp. 255
The Fiscal Administration of an Enterprisep. 298
The Crown as Benefactor and Taskmasterp. 321
"Sharers in the Good Works": The Society's Other Patronsp. 345
The Economic Foundations of an Enterprise: The Acquisition of Landsp. 376
The Economic Foundations of an Enterprise: The Utilization of Landsp. 402
An Enterprise Under Attack: Attempts to Monitor, Curtail, and Eliminate the Jesuits' Patrimonyp. 430
God's Share or the King's? Jesuit Resistance to Payment of Tithesp. 461
Jesuit Efforts to Defend the "Freedom" of the Brazilian Indiansp. 474
Those Who Also Served: Bondsmen and Lay Servantsp. 502
For Piety or Profit? The Commercial Activities of the Jesuits in the Portuguese Empirep. 528
Alternative Forms of Risk-Taking: The Jesuits as Lenders and Borrowersp. 552
Vicissitudes of a Beleaguered Enterprise: The Society on the Defensive, 1700-1750p. 571
Striking a Balance: For God or Mammon?p. 614
An Enterprise with a Rich Past but an Uncertain Futurep. 651
Concerning Coinage, Money of Account, and Conversionsp. 665
The Society of Jesus as the Alleged First Multinational Firmp. 668
Relations Between the Society and the Portuguese Inquisitionp. 670
Number of Jesuits Serving in the Portuguese Assistancy, 1549-1760p. 674
Inventory of Supplies, New St. Paul's College, Goa, 1707p. 677
The Fate of the Jesuits Serving in the College of Olinda and Its Dependencies at the Time of the Second Dutch Invasion, 1630p. 680
Bibliographical Notep. 683
Indexp. 691
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