Early Modern Globalization Through a Jesuit Prism

In the early modern era, Jesuits functioned as pioneer globalizers, making substantial contributions to the growth of connectivity and global consciousness around the world. Looking at the Jesuits through the prism of globalization and at globalization through a Jesuit prism offers the opportunity to rethink some of the origins and characteristics of our contemporary global age.

José Casanova, 2017 Kluge Chair in the Countries & Culture of the North at the U.S. Library of Congress, examined the external and internal opportunity structures which made it possible for a Catholic missionary and teaching order such as the Society of Jesus to play such a prominent role as cultural brokers in the first phase of globalization.

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