The Making of Europe: An Introduction to the History of European History 400-1000 A.D. by Christopher Dawson lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Sheed & Ward, 1953, Hardback in dust wrapper.
A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Fold-Out Maps ;
From the cover: It looks as if, in the present disorganisation of Europe, conflicting nationalisms are being stressed to the point where the very notion of Europe itself has almost vanished: and this is the natural result of a couple of centuries in which history has been written from a national standpoint which gave the impression that Europe was no more than the postal address of the nation the writer happened to belong to. If any sort of political unity is to come to a torn Europe, then the European point of view must be recovered in history too. Men must realise afresh what it is that Europe stands for and how that unique society of peoples which we call Europe came into existence.
It is from this point of view that Mr. Dawson has approached the subject. He has chosen what is perhaps the most neglected of all periods of history the 700 years from the fourth to the eleventh centuries : for that age, in spite of its apparent confusion and emptiness, witnessed the formation of a new society and a new culture the birth of the European unity.
In order to bring out the essential character of this movement Mr. Dawson has devoted special attention to the parallel and contrasted developments of culture in the Near East; in fact his book gives a very complete survey of the remarkable achievements of Byzantine and Islamic culture, which are so often neglected or misunderstood by students of mediaeval European history. In this, as in the main subject of the book, it has been his aim to view history from inside as a living spiritual process instead of as an external study of an inorganic mass of dead facts and past events.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVI] 254 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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