The Making of Europe: An Introduction to the History of European Unity

Front Cover
CUA Press, 2002 - History - 282 pages
1 Review
In this work, Christopher Dawson concludes that the period of the 4th to the 11th centuries, commonly known as the Dark Ages, was not a barren prelude to the creative energy of the mediaeval world. Instead, he argues that it is better described as ""ages of dawn"", for it was 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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

Good book on the roots of European Culture. Hard to follow as some of the references are a little obscure. Traces the history of Europe through the Roman age to the end of the 11th century. Detailing ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jhw - LibraryThing

(final paragraph only transcribed here) This is much the best of those of Christopher Dawson's works which I have read. The faults which mar the others are completely absent: he keeps resolutely to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
THE FOUNDATIONS
13
The Roman Empire
15
The Catholic Church
33
The Classical Tradition and Christianity
52
The Barbarians
68
The Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Empire in the West
78
THE ASCENDANCY OF THE EAST
97
The Expansion of Moslem Culture
137
The Byzantine Renaissance and the Revival of the Eastern Empire
155
THE FORMATION OF WESTERN CHRISTENDOM
169
The Western Church and the Conversion of the Barbarians
171
The Restoration of the Western Empire and Carolingian Renaissance
192
The Age of the Vikings and the Conversion of the North
209
The Rise of the Mediaeval Unity
227
Conclusion
250

The Christian Empire and the Rise of the Byzantine Culture
99
The Awakening of the East and the Revolt of the Subject Nationalities
116
The Rise of Islam
126

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information