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Società urbana e mobilità missionaria: i milanesi e la missione lontana all'inizio del Seicento

Abstract : The aim of this article is to document the social frame of the missionary mobility of the European Jesuits at the beginning of the 17th century, beyond their belonging to the religious order. The study is focused on Milan, capital of the catholic reformation and a strategic place for the Spanish Hapsburg. The sources are the Indipetae letters, wrote by the Jesuits to ask for their departure to mission, the stories about the lives of these candidates and of some missionaries themselves as well as the correspondence exchanged bet-ween a missionary in Paraguay and the archbishop Federico Borromeo. Ignorance, uncertainty and myths are the fellows of the mission departure, whereas information about the foreign missions reaches the European public of the cities by different ways, hence a growing desire for Indies among the youth often before their joining a religious order. Some of them fulfill this desire and the whole society takes part in their departure and thereby con-sents to the catholic missionary movement out of Europe. It reminds of an encounter between «The Europe of the Devout» and catholic expansion.
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Aliocha Maldavsky. Società urbana e mobilità missionaria: i milanesi e la missione lontana all'inizio del Seicento. Rivista di Storia del Cristianesimo, Editrice Morcelliana 2009, pp.159-184. ⟨hal-01402525⟩

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