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Dale Van Kley: Conspiracy in the International Suppression of the Jesuits in Enlightenment Europe, 1755-1773

Between 1759 and 1768, seven Catholic kingdoms beginning with Portugal successively expelled the Jesuits, whereupon Portugal and the states ruled by the Bourbon dynasty all but forced Pope Clement XIV to dissolve the Society in 1773. Conspiracy theories are not in high repute among historians, but the story of the international suppression of the Jesuits cannot be told without reference to the plots and plans of a group of anti-Jesuit clergymen and intellectuals called the Archetto in Rome itself. While exposing their plotting, this talk will also enlarge upon the widespread Reformist -- and anti-Jesuit -- Catholicism without which no plotting could have accomplished so much.

About the Speaker

 Dale Van Kley is emeritus professor of history at Ohio State University and a former member of the Calvin history department. His research focuses on Early Modern European history, particularly the French Revolution and French Catholicism. His recently published a book expanding on the history of Jesuits in early modern Europe: Reform Catholicism and the International Suppression of the Jesuits in Enlightenment Europe.

This talk is part of history colloquia series. These lectures are open to the Calvin community - students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends - and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Come early to enjoy refreshments and conversation, and feel free to ask questions or join the discussion at the end.


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