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Dawson, Christopher 1889-1970

Works: 215 works in 1,444 publications in 14 languages and 32,766 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: BL55, 901
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Religion and the rise of Western culture by Christopher Dawson( Book )
160 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 3,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An essential work of European history, this classic study sweeps from the fall of Rome to the dawn of the Renaissance as it shows how Christianity, its leaders, and its institutions changed the face of Western culture
The making of Europe; an introduction to the history of European unity by Christopher Dawson( Book )
210 editions published between 1932 and 2007 in 10 languages and held by 2,551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christopher Dawson concludes that the period of the fourth to the eleventh centuries, commonly known as the Dark Ages, is not a barren prelude to the creative energy of the medieval world. Instead, he argues that it is better described as "ages of dawn" for it is in this rich and confused period that the complex and creative interaction of the Roman empire, the Christian Church, the classical tradition, and barbarous societies provided the foundation for a vital, unified European culture. In an age of fragmentation and the emergence of new nationalist forces, Dawson argued that if "our civilization is to survive, it is essential that it should develop a common European consciousness and sense of historic and organic unity." But he was clear that this unity required sources deeper and more complex than the political and economic movements on which so many had come to depend, and he insisted, prophetically, that Europe would need to recover its Christian roots if it was to survive. In a time of cultural and political ambiguity, The making of Europe is an indispensable work for understanding not only the rich sources but also the contemporary implications of the very idea of Europe
The crisis of Western education by Christopher Dawson( Book )
27 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Understanding Europe by Christopher Dawson( )
46 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In a time of remarkable but selective amnesia in the West reflected perhaps most dramatically in the denial of the Christian roots of Europe in the first drafts of the European constitution, "Understanding Europe" is as relevant today as it was on its first appearance in 1952. Christopher Dawson wrote of the uneasiness that characterized twentieth-century Western civilization in the aftermath of two disastrous global conflicts and the attempt to build a new secular civilization on impersonal economic forces. He desired a unified Europe, but one unified by a common Christian religion. Recognizing the emphasis on economic utility and mass productivity in European culture, Dawson argued that a renewed study of Christian faith and culture was essential in order to recover the deeper sense of European unity. In "Understanding Europe", Dawson expresses a desire for Europe to rediscover and renew its foundational Christian sources in order to recover a deeper sense of integrity."--Book cover
Enquiries into religion and culture by Christopher Dawson( )
33 editions published between 1930 and 2009 in English and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval essays by Christopher Dawson( Book )
53 editions published between 1935 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The dynamics of world history by Christopher Dawson( Book )
50 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religion, Dawson firmly believed, is the great creative force in any culture, and the loss of a society's historic religion therefore portends a process of social dissolution. For this reason Dawson concluded that Western society must find a way to revitalize its spiritual life if it is to avoid irreversible decay. Progress, the real religion of modernity, is insufficient to sustain cultural health. And an ahistorical, secularized Christianity is an oxymoron, a pseudo-religion only nominally related to the historical religion of the West. Dawson held that the hope of the present age lay in the reconciliation of the religious tradition of Christianity with the intellectual tradition of humanism and the new knowledge about man and nature provided by modern science. Dynamics of World History shows that though such a task may be difficult, it is not impossible
The judgment of the nations by Christopher Dawson( )
40 editions published between 1942 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Judgment of the Nations was widely praised upon publication. The Guardian called it "an appraisement of the contemporary situation by an historical thinker of the first importance," and the Irish Independent "a monument, alike of historical and of philosophical erudition." It was Dawson's hope in this work to describe the nature of the spiritual struggle Europe was facing, to map out its true lines, and to point the way through an impending and perhaps probable disaster to a renewal of European life, a renewal whose success or failure would have a decisive impact on the entire world"--Cover page 4
Progress and religion; an historical enquiry by Christopher Dawson( Book )
104 editions published between 1929 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christianity and European culture selections from the work of Christopher Dawson by Christopher Dawson( )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) has been widely praised as one of the most important Catholic historians of the twentieth century. Commended for his sophisticated approach to history, Dawson focused much of his writing on the important relationship between religion and culture. This volume is the first edited collection of Dawson's works to appear in several decades. It includes the full text of The Historic Reality of Christian Culture (1960) and features selections from numerous works, including The Making of Europe (1932), The Judgment of the Nations (1943), and Medieval Essays (1959)
The age of the Gods; a study in the origins of culture in prehistoric Europe and the ancient East by Christopher Dawson( Book )
51 editions published between 1914 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The movement of world revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )
24 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The dividing of Christendom by Christopher Dawson( Book )
26 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The historic reality of Christian culture; a way to the renewal of human life by Christopher Dawson( Book )
36 editions published between 1960 and 1979 in 4 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Mongol mission : narratives and letters of the Franciscan missionaries in Mongolia and China in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by Christopher Dawson( Book )
21 editions published between 1955 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The gods of revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )
11 editions published between 1972 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mission to Asia by Christopher Dawson( Book )
34 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The formation of Christendom by Christopher Dawson( Book )
5 editions published between 1967 and 2008 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religion and the modern state by Christopher Dawson( Book )
26 editions published between 1935 and 1975 in English and Japanese and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The spirit of the Oxford movement by Christopher Dawson( Book )
23 editions published between 1933 and 2001 in English and French and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Dawson, Christoph.
Dawson, Christoph 1889-1970
Dawson, Christopher
Dawson, Christopher H. 1889-1970
Dawson, Christopher Henry
Dawson Christopher Henry 1889-1970
Dawson, Cristopher 1889-1970
Dawson, Cristóvão
Доусон, К. Г 1889-1970
ドウソン, C
ドウソン, クリストファー
ドーソン, C. H
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