Religion & The Rise Of Western

Religion & The Rise Of Western

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In this new edition of his classic work, Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, Christopher Dawson addresses two of the most pressing subjects of our day: the origin of Europe and the religious roots of Western culture. With the magisterial sweep of Toynbee, to whom he is often compared, Dawson tells here the tale of medieval Christendom. From the brave travels of sixth-century Irish monks to the grand synthesis of Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century, Dawson brilliantly shows how vast spiritual movements arose from tiny origins and changed the face of medieval Europe from one century to the next. The legacy of those years of ferment remains with us in the great cathedrals, Gregorian chant, and the works of Giotto and Dante. Even more, though, for Dawson these centuries charged the soul of the West with a spiritual concern -- a concern that he insists can never be entirely undone except by the total negation or destruction of Western man himself.
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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 133 x 210 x 15mm | 225g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385421109
  • 9780385421102
  • 96,898

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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.
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About Christopher Dawson

Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) was one of the century's great historians. The Saturday Review of Literature called him unequaled as an historian of culture. Unless we read him, we are uninformed.
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