The Return of the Jesuits to the Austrian Empire and the Decline of Josephinism, 1820-1822

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The interest of religious historians has long been attracted to that small but significant fragment of the Society of Jesus which, during the long decades between the suppression of the order in 1773 and its restoration in 1814, maintained a precarious existence in the Russian Empire until 1820.

Far less attention has been given, however, to the fate of those Jesuits exiled from Russia in 1820, even though they still had an important role to play by serving as the nucleus for the revival of the Society in the Austrian Empire.

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