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The making of an enterprise : the Society of Jesus in Portugal, its empire, and beyond, 1540-1750

Author: Dauril Alden
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"This is the first part of a major two 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, a vast complex of administrative units that included portions of the Indian subcontinent, Japan, China, the Indonesian archipelago, and Ethiopia. Though it fully describes the evangelical and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dauril Alden
ISBN: 0804722714 9780804722711
OCLC Number: 29952153
Description: xxxi, 707 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The Founding of a Controversial New Society --
2. Formation of the Province of Portugal, 1541-ca. 1615 --
3. Foundations of an Enterprise: The Distant Empire and Beyond, 1542-ca. 1615 --
4. The Perils of Propinquity: The Jesuits and the Crown, 1557-1640 --
5. Years of Achievement and Disappointment: The Jesuits and the Crown, 1640-1706 --
6. Mandarins and Martyrs: Gains and Losses in the East During the Seventeenth Century --
7. An Empire and a Society in Peril: Consequences of the Anglo-Dutch Intrusions in the Eastern Seas, 1600-1641 --
8. The Collapse of the Estado da India and Its Impact upon the Society, 1641-1700 --
9. Vicissitudes of the Enterprise in the Atlantic World During the Seventeenth Century --
10. The Governance of an Enterprise: The Hierarchy of the Portuguese Assistancy --
11. Recruitment for an Enterprise: The Pertinacity of Eurocentrism --
12. The Fiscal Administration of an Enterprise --
13. The Crown as Benefactor and Taskmaster --
14. "Sharers in the Good Works": The Society's Other Patrons --
15. The Economic Foundations of an Enterprise: The Acquisition of Lands --
16. The Economic Foundations of an Enterprise: The Utilization of Lands --
17. An Enterprise Under Attack: Attempts to Monitor, Curtail, and Eliminate the Jesuits' Patrimony --
18. God's Share or the King's? Jesuit Resistance to Payment of Tithes --
19. Jesuit Efforts to Defend the "Freedom" of the Brazilian Indians --
20. Those Who Also Served: Bondsmen and Lay Servants --
21. For Piety or Profit? The Commercial Activities of the Jesuits in the Portuguese Empire --
22. Alternative Forms of Risk-Taking: The Jesuits as Lenders and Borrowers --
23. Vicissitudes of a Beleaguered Enterprise: The Society on the Defensive, 1700-1750 --
24. Striking a Balance: For God or Mammon? --
25. An Enterprise with a Rich Past but an Uncertain Future --
App. A. Concerning Coinage, Money of Account, and Conversions --
App. B. The Society of Jesus as the Alleged First Multinational Firm --
App. C. Relations Between the Society and the Portuguese Inquisition --
App. D. Number of Jesuits Serving in the Portuguese Assistancy, 1549-1760 --
App. E. Inventory of Supplies, New St. Paul's College, Goa, 1707 --
App. F. The Fate of the Jesuits Serving in the College of Olinda and Its Dependencies at the Time of the Second Dutch Invasion, 1630.
Responsibility: Dauril Alden.


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