December Books 4) The Jesuits, by Jonathan Wright

This is not a terribly impressive book. It is a more or less chronological account of details of history featuring the Jesuits, with no deep analysis and rather few hard facts – nothing at all to explain their internal structure, miserably brief accounts of how they were founded in 1534 and re-established in 1814. Wright is slightly better on the various political controversies that Jesuits have been involved in, though even here his analysis basically amounts to there being two sides of the story. He is good on the Jesuits’ contribution to science. He is wholly inadequate on their contribution to colonialism. I can’t really recommend this book.

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1 Response to December Books 4) The Jesuits, by Jonathan Wright

  1. anonymous says:

    “Naomi Alderman becomes first Jewish woman to write official Doctor Who novel” (Haaretz, 17 November 2011).

    Not sure whether that’s true or not (your 2c welcome); may depend how narrow one wants to makes one’s definitions.

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