Jesuits, conspiracies, and conspiracy theories

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McKenzie-McHarg, Andrew. (2023). Jesuits, conspiracies, and conspiracy theories. Journal of Jesuit Studies. 10(1), pp. 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1163/22141332-10010003
AuthorsMcKenzie-McHarg, Andrew
Abstract

This introductory article explores the thematic affinity linking the Society of Jesus with conspiracies and conspiracy theories. After giving a short overview of the historiography devoted to anti-Jesuitism, it draws attention to how anti-Jesuits vilified the order over the centuries on the basis of alleged conspiracies whose extent varied from the episodic to the all-encompassing and that were imagined and posited in ways that tended to be themselves highly conspiratorial. In this manner, it foregrounds aspects of anti-Jesuitism and conspiracy theories that will recur in the individual contributions to this special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

Keywordsanti-Jesuitism; Dominus ac redemptor; conspiracy; conspiracy theory; cultural history
Year2023
JournalJournal of Jesuit Studies
Journal citation10 (1), pp. 15-25
PublisherBrill
ISSN2214-1324
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/22141332-10010003
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85146518629
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range15-25
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