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Dawson, Christopher 1889-1970

Works: 228 works in 1,624 publications in 12 languages and 33,900 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: CB353, 901
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The making of Europe; an introduction to the history of European unity by Christopher Dawson( Book )

234 editions published between 1932 and 2007 in 10 languages and held by 2,592 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
Religion and the rise of Western culture by Christopher Dawson( Book )

104 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 2,029 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
Medieval essays by Christopher Dawson( Book )

84 editions published between 1934 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and culture by Christopher Dawson( Book )

83 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,413 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." --from back cover
The dynamics of world history by Christopher Dawson( Book )

52 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,405 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 crisis of Western education by Christopher Dawson( Book )

41 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dividing of Christendom by Christopher Dawson( Book )

28 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

42 editions published between 1960 and 1992 in 5 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of the Gods; a study in the origins of culture in prehistoric Europe and the ancient East by Christopher Dawson( Book )

55 editions published between 1914 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

61 editions published between 1929 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Europe by Christopher Dawson( Book )

50 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 859 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
The movement of world revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )

29 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 844 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 )

24 editions published between 1955 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enquiries into religion and culture by Christopher Dawson( Book )

33 editions published between 1930 and 2009 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gods of revolution by Christopher Dawson( Book )

18 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in English and Czech and held by 765 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
Mission to Asia by Christopher Dawson( Book )

37 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The formation of Christendom by Christopher Dawson( Book )

6 editions published between 1967 and 2008 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and the modern state by Christopher Dawson( Book )

23 editions published between 1935 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The judgment of the nations by Christopher Dawson( Book )

31 editions published between 1942 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 586 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
Christianity and European culture : selections from the work of Christopher Dawson by Christopher Dawson( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 324 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)
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Alternative Names
Christopher Dawson angielski historyk

Christopher Dawson britisk historikar

Christopher Dawson britisk historiker

Christopher Dawson brittisk historiker

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 1889-1970

Dawson, Cristóvão

Доусон, К. Г 1889-1970

Доусон, Кристофер Генри

کریستوفر داوسون تاریخ‌نگار بریتانیایی

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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Italian (28)

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Czech (7)

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Religion and the rise of Western cultureMedieval essaysThe dynamics of world historyThe crisis of Western educationThe dividing of ChristendomProgress and religion; an historical enquiryUnderstanding EuropeEnquiries into religion and culture