Instruments of religion and empire [electronic resource] : Spanish science in the age of the Jesuits, 1628-1756
- Marcelo Aranda.
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- Dissertation Abstract This dissertation explores the role of Jesuit mathematicians in the seventeenth century Spanish Monarchy through a series of case studies. From 1625 to 1750, the Society of Jesus acted as the primary source of mathematical pedagogy in the Spanish Monarchy through its network of missions and schools in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Jesuit teachers in Spain taught cosmography, navigation and military engineering to Spanish military and naval officers, while Jesuit missionaries led expeditions and established missions in the frontier areas of Spanish America. The title of this dissertation, "Instruments of Religion and Empire" refers to the dual role that the Jesuits played in the Spanish Monarchy during this period. This dissertation links scientific actors in the Spanish Monarchy to trends and ideas circulating elsewhere in Europe, therby undermining the idea that Spain was an intellectually isolated backwater. Additionally, it demonstrates the continuities between Jesuit mathematicians and missionaries and the subsequent Spanish Enlightenment.
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- Submitted to the Department of History.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2013.
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