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Dawson, Christopher 1889-1970

Works: 354 works in 1,930 publications in 14 languages and 40,219 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Sources  Periodicals  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, win, Other
Classifications: BL55, 901
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The crisis of Western education by Christopher Dawson( )

41 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Crisis of Western Education, originally published in 1961, served as a capstone of Christopher Dawson's thought on the Western educational system. Long out of print, the book has now been updated with a new introduction by Glenn W. Olsen and is included in the ongoing Works of Christopher Dawson series. In all of his writings, Dawson masterfully brings various disciplinary perspectives and historical sources into a complex unity of expression and applies them to concrete conditions of modern society. Dawson argued that Western culture had become increasingly defined by a set of economic and political preoccupations ultimately hostile to its larger spiritual end. Inevitably, its educational systems also became increasingly technological and pragmatic, undermining the long standing emphasis on liberal learning and spiritual reflection which were hallmarks of the Christian humanism that created it. In this important work on the Western educational system, Dawson traces the history of these developments and argues that Western civilization can only be saved by redirecting its entire educational system from its increasing vocationalism and specialization. He insists that the Christian college must be the cornerstone of such an educational reform. However, he argued that this redirection would require a much more organic and comprehensive study of the living Christian tradition than had been attempted in the past. Dawson had reservations about educational initiatives that had been developed in response to this crisis of education. Among them, he expressed doubts about newly emerging great books programs fearing that they would reduce the great tradition of a living culture to a set of central texts or great ideas. In contrast, he insisted that a Christian education had to be concerned with 'how spiritual forces are transmitted and how they change culture, often in unexpected ways.' This would require an understanding of the living and vital character of culture. As Dawson saw it, 'culture is essentially a network of relations, and it is only by studying a number of personalities that you can trace this network.' Dawson offers a diagnosis of modern education and proposes the retrieval of an organic and living culture which alone has the power to renew Western culture."--Publisher's description
Medieval essays by Christopher Dawson( Book )

71 editions published between 1900 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 2,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Europe by Christopher Dawson( )

60 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 2,304 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( )

39 editions published between 1924 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and culture by Christopher Dawson( Book )

82 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Religion and Culture was first presented by historian Christopher Dawson as part of the prestigious Gifford Lecture series in 1947. It sets out the thesis for which he became famous: religion is the key of history. The book two parallel arguments. First, Dawson argues that religion is, and should be treated as, a separate category of human experience. Second, Dawson claims that religion has a unique place in human culture and has defined and developed different cultures in identifiable ways. Without understanding both premises, he argues, one cannot understand cultural development. Drawing on his profound and sympathetic reading in anthropology, sociology, comparative religion and the literatures of Western and non-Western cultures, Dawson seeks to bridge the gap between religion and the sciences through the tradition of natural theology. His approach respects the natural sciences and their power to plumb the mysteries of the natural world, while recognizing that they cannot, alone, explain religious intimations of the transcendent."--Back cover
Religion and the rise of Western culture by Christopher Dawson( Book )

67 editions published between 1948 and 1991 in 5 languages and held by 1,952 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 )

140 editions published between 1932 and 2017 in English and held by 1,848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When most people use the expression "The Dark Ages" they are often unclear as to what they mean. For some the period described is unbelievably long -- from the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the Renaissance. This is not only incorrect historically; it is dangerously misleading. As the author indicates, the "Dark Ages" from the sixth to the tenth centuries were critical in the formation of European unity and the expansion and definition of Western Christianity. As such, the "Dark Ages" were only relatively dark; for it was during this period that the full impact of Byzantine Christianity, the rise and formation of Moslem culture, the conversion of the barbarians, the Carolingian renaissance, and similar epochs was felt. It was in this period that medieval Europe and Catholic Christianity received their fundamental definition
The judgment of the nations by Christopher Dawson( )

31 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,814 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"--Page 4 of cover
Christianity and European culture : selections from the work of Christopher Dawson by Christopher Dawson( )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and held by 1,636 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 dynamics of world history by Christopher Dawson( Book )

59 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author moves beyond the bare bones of fact which form the structure of our history in order to penetrate its very soul. He brings to his work the understanding of the anthropologist, the psychologist and the sociologist in creating a historical Summa, whose harmonies resolve the themes of history into meaningful order. The book is persuasively written, intelligently argued, and most important, concerned with those forces of the past that move us today
The age of the Gods : a study in the origins of culture in prehistoric Europe and the ancient East by Christopher Dawson( Book )

29 editions published between 1914 and 2012 in English and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When first published in 1928, The Age of the Gods was hailed as the best short account of what is known of pre-historic man and culture. In it, Christopher Dawson synthesized modern scholarship on human cultures in Europe and the East from the Stone Age to the beginnings of the Iron Age. His focus was not merely on the material development of early society but more intently on the social and spiritual development of man that accompanied it. Piece by piece, Dawson fit together the varied influences that brought into being the ancient foundations on which modern civilization was built. Published soon after World War I, the book uncovered the common tradition and unity of culture of European civilization in hope of bringing cooperation and peace to the people of Europe. It defined what a culture is, how cultures change, and what constitutes progress. Dawson consulted the studies of archaeologists, early historians, anthropologists, and ethnologists, and presented an uncommonly balanced and greatly admired survey of the whole. Presented here with a new introduction by Dermot Quinn, The Age of the Gods continues the popular Works of Christopher Dawson series."--Publisher's description
The movement of world revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )

32 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Christopher Dawson was one of the most profound historians of his day, with an acute understanding of the ideas and culture movements behind the making of Western society. The Movement of World Revolution, originally published in 1959, explores many of the themes Dawson considered most important in his lifetime: the religious foundation of human culture, the central importance of education for the recovery of Christian humanism, the myth of progress, and the dangers of nationalism and secular ideologies. Dawson's concern was not so much a solution to the political, social, or economic problems of his day, but rather an understanding of the present as it had evolved from the past as well as the charting of a path into the future. In this work, Dawson argued that the modern period was "not a metaphysical age, and in the East no less than in the West men are more interested in subsistence and coexistence than in essence and existence." Dawson believed a reduction of culture to material and technological preoccupations would ultimately end in an impoverishment of life. His solution was a return to a renewed Christendom, one not marked by an alliance with secular powers but rather arising out of an organic, spiritual foundation. The Movement of World Revolution is remarkably prophetic in anticipating many of the contemporary struggles about the role of religion in the modern state."--Publisher's description
The gods of revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )

22 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published posthumously, this was Christopher Dawson's classic book on the French Revolution, offering a cultural and moral critique of Western Europe for readers in the aftermath of the devastation of World War II"--Provided by publisher
Progress & religion : an historical inquiry by Christopher Dawson( )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dividing of Christendom by Christopher Dawson( Book )

25 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historic reality of Christian culture; a way to the renewal of human life by Christopher Dawson( Book )

24 editions published between 1960 and 1979 in English and Korean and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Progress and religion; an historical enquiry by Christopher Dawson( Book )

48 editions published between 1929 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea of progress, the doctrine that involves the belief that every day in every way the world grows better and better, has dominated the civilization of Western Europe in modern times. Far more than merely a philosophical opinion or the doctrine of a school, it has permeated the whole mind of society. This book analyzes the theory of progress in a panoramic study which examines the interrelation between religion and culture of all the major civilizations of the world. The author maintains that the vital, creative power behind every culture is a spiritual one. All civilizations have a common element, religion, "the key to history", which influences every human activity; and he specifically demonstrates that Christianity is the religion that gave Western culture its being. The rise of the theory of progress has led to the secularization of modern civilization and the decline of spiritual influence
The Mongol mission : narratives and letters of the Franciscan missionaries in Mongolia and China in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by Guillaume de Rubrouck( Book )

15 editions published between 1955 and 1980 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spirit of the Oxford movement by Christopher Dawson( Book )

46 editions published between 1932 and 2001 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and the modern state by Christopher Dawson( Book )

34 editions published between 1935 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Medieval essays
Medieval essaysUnderstanding EuropeEnquiries into religion and cultureReligion and the rise of Western cultureThe judgment of the nationsChristianity and European culture : selections from the work of Christopher DawsonThe dynamics of world historyProgress & religion : an historical inquiry
Alternative Names
Christopher Dawson angielski historyk

Christopher Dawson anglický historik

Christopher Dawson britisk historikar

Christopher Dawson britisk historiker

Christopher Dawson Brits historicus (1889-1970)

Christopher Dawson brittisk historiker

Christopher Dawson historiador britànic

Christopher Dawson historiador británico

Christopher Dawson historien britannique

Christopher Dawson storico britannico

Dawson, Christoph.

Dawson, Christoph 1889-1970

Dawson Christopher

Dawson, Christopher H. 1889-1970

Dawson Christopher Henry

Dawson Christopher Henry 1889-1970

Dawson Cristopher

Dawson, Cristopher 1889-1970

Dawson Cristóvão

Досон К.

Досон Кристофер

Доусон К.Г.

Доусон, К. Г 1889-1970

Доусон Кристофер Генри

كرستوفر دوسن، 1889-1970

كريستوفر داوسون مؤرخ بريطاني

کریستوفر داوسون تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

도슨, C. 1889-1970

도슨, 크리스터퍼 헨리 1889-1970

도슨, 크리스토퍼 1889-1970

도슨, 크리스토퍼 헨리 1889-1970

도오슨, 크리스토퍼 1889-1970

도우슨, 크리스터퍼 1889-1970

도우슨, 크리스토프 1889-1970

ドウソン, C.

ドウソン, クリストファー

ドーソン, C.

ドーソン, C. H.



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