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The Jesuit MythConspiracy Theory and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France$
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Geoffrey Cubitt

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228684.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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The Jesuit Myth
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Geoffrey Cubitt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228684.003.0001

This book discusses the phenomenon of paranoid politics, or, as it is often termed, conspiracy theory. The focus is on the prevailing belief in the existence of a Jesuit conspiracy in France, which was one of the leading conspiracy theories in early and mid-19th century Europe and France. In this book, the connotations and the influence of the anti-Jesuit theory on French secular politics including its roots and origins in 19th-century political and intellectual culture are analyzed. The book examines polemical literatures through which the prevalent conviction of Jesuit plots can be found.

Keywords:   paranoid politics, conspiracy theory, Jesuit conspiracy, France, mid-19th century, anti-Jesuit theory, French secular politics, political attitudes, Catholic Church

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