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.
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