The Economics of the Goa Jesuits 1542-1759: An Explanation of their Rise and Fall


Author: Charles J Borges

8170225051 | HB | pp. 216 | 1994 | Concept Publishing

The Economics of the Goa Jesuits 1542-1759 lays emphasis on the sources and uses of financial resources and the rise and fall of the Jesuits in Goa.

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1542 : Francis Xavier and his band of Jesuits arrived in Goa with the financial and moral backing of the Portuguese empire. 1759 : a little over two hundred years later, the Jesuits returned home in disgrace, penniless and as unsung criminals. How did the scene change? How did the well-organized Society of Jesus collapse so helplessly to government orders?

The present work has sought to trace the growth and collapse of the Jesuits of Goa during their stay in India. The emphasis is on the economic aspects, on the means they used to gather resources, the extent of them, and the use they put them to. The hunt for financial resources, although overseen with caution from their constitutional and spiritual writings, brought them into involvements and alliances with many, and made them the victims of the objections and hatred of others.

The Economics of the Goa Jesuits, 1542-1759, it is hoped, will delineate adequately the lives and times of men suppressed world-wide between 1759-1773, and restored again in l814.


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About the Author

The author is a Jesuit priest of the Goa Province of the Society of Jesus since 1967. Educated at Pune, Bombay, Belgaum, Baroda and Goa, he has had a fine academic career and obtained a doctorate in history from the University of Bombay in 1989. He had been Administrator of the Xavier Centre of Historical Research (Goa) since 1981 and also help positions as the Librarian, Associate Director and Director there. He currently works at the Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore. His field of research being Jesuit history in India, he has contributed many papers to national and international seminars on the above theme.

The Economics of the Goa Jesuits 1542-1759 is his first book.


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