Missionary Men in the Early Modern World
Missionary Men in the Early Modern World
German Jesuits and Pacific Journeys
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Introduction: Missionary Men on the Move: Jesuits and Gender in the Early Modern World
Chapter 1. Manly Missions: Reforming European Masculinity, Converting the World
Chapter 2. Braving the Waves with Francis Xavier: Fear and the Making of Jesuit Manhood
Chapter 3. Of Missionaries, Martyrs, and Makahnas: Engendering the Marianas Mission I
Chapter 4. Martyrdom, Matrilineality, and the Virgin Mary: Engendering the Marianas Mission II
Chapter 5. Writing Women's Lives and Mapping Indigenous Spaces: Conceptual Conquest, Missionary Manhood, and Colonial Fantasy Between the Pacific and Europe
Conclusion and Epilogue
List of Figures

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Winner of the 2021 Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender (SSEMWG) Book Award! The awards committee praised Ulrike Strasser's book for deftly exploring the intersection of gender and global histories, using the Jesuits’ journeys from Europe into the Pacific.

"The various interconnected elements in this book present a compelling analysis of the many theoretical issues addressed in its rich introduction: masculinities, gender and religion, the global turn, and the history of media. It brings these to bear on Jesuit history in an effective and innovative way, and through an important and under-written aspect of its history – the missions of the Pacific."
- Silvia Mostaccio, UCLouvain, Belgium, Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, vol. xc, fasc. 180 (2021-II)

"While the final chapter works to unite the book’s many strands into a unified whole, each chapter successfully stands on its own. Drawing on a range of Jesuit source material, Strasser’s consideration of Jesuit masculinity also adds a novel layer to the growing body of work that employs Jesuit sources to understand both Atlantic and world history."
- David Dzurec, H-TGS, January 2022

Ulrike Strasser

Missionary Men in the Early Modern World

German Jesuits and Pacific Journeys

How did gender shape the expanding Jesuit enterprise in the early modern world? What did it take to become a missionary man? And how did missionary masculinity align itself with the European colonial project? This book highlights the central importance of male affective ties and masculine mimesis in the formation of the Jesuit missions, as well as the significance of patriarchal dynamics. Focusing on previously neglected German actors, Strasser shows how stories of exemplary male behavior circulated across national boundaries, directing the hearts and feet of men throughout Europe toward Jesuit missions in faraway lands. The sixteenth-century Iberian exemplars of Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, disseminated in print and visual media, inspired late-seventeenth-century Jesuits from German-speaking lands to bring Catholicism and European gender norms to the Spanish-controlled Pacific. The age of global missions hinged on the reproduction of missionary manhood in print and real life.

Ulrike Strasser

Ulrike Strasser is a professor of history at the University of California San Diego. Her publications include the award-winning monograph State of Virginity: Gender, Religion, and Politics in an Early Modern Catholic State (University of Michigan Press, 2004).