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The Movement of World Revolution

Christopher Dawson

Publication Year: 2012

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.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Series: The works of Christopher Dawson

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-7

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pp. vii-xx

Having witnessed the loss of an idyllic Edwardian world to the deadening trenches of World War I, the rise of communism and the gulag state in Slavic Europe and China, and the advent of national socialism and the holocaust camps in Germanic Europe, Christopher Dawson found the ideologies that spawned such twentieth-century atrocities profoundly...

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pp. xxi-23

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of History Today, Four Quarters, The Commonweal, and The Times Literary Supplement for permission to use here material which first appeared in their pages. Chapters 6, 9 and 10 were published separately under the title, The Revolt of Asia (Sheed and...


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pp. 1-25

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1. The Relevance of European History

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pp. 3-18

World history as it is understood today is an entirely new subject. Sixty years ago, when Acton was planning the Cambridge Modern History, he conceived it as a universal history which would not be a mere combined history of modern states, but a study of the development of universal historical forces. Yet at the same time, he took for granted that this history would...

The Revolution in Western Culture

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pp. 19-43

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2. Renaissance and Reformation

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pp. 21-35

The period of modern history which extends from the Reformation to the French Revolution is a very difficult one to study and, I believe, there is a real danger that it may become increasingly neglected, especially by Catholic scholars. In the past and, indeed, until quite recently this period was regarded as “Modern History” and it was the main object of study...

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3. Rationalism and Revolution

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pp. 36-48

When one considers the progress of the Catholic revival in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the apparent strength of religious faith and practice both in Catholic and Protestant Europe at that time, it is difficult to understand how European culture ever became secularized. In the middle of the seventeenth century Europe, and America also,...

The World Expansion of Western Culture

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pp. 49-73

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4. The Missionary Expansion of Western Christendom

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pp. 51-61

The position of christianity in the world today has been rarely considered by modern historians. It is none the less a question of central importance for the understanding of modern civilization. For twelve centuries Christianity has been the religion of a culture— that is to say, it has had an organic relation with the social and moral structure of one particular society...

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5. The Spread of Western Ideologies

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pp. 62-70

The four great civilizations which constituted the world that we know were all spiritual communities that owed their unity to a common religion. In China, India, Islam and Christendom alike, political citizenship and racial origins were secondary to religious belief and practice. The Indian who ceased to observe the laws of caste and the worship of the gods and accepted...

Asia and the West

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pp. 71-95

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6. Introduction: The Revolt of Asia

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pp. 73-77

The revolt of asia is not simply an insurrection against alien domination and the influence of foreign ideas. It is also—and even more—a political and moral revolution in the internal order of the oriental peoples. During the last generation, the oldest and the most fundamental institutions which seemed to be inseparable from Asiatic civilization have lost...

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7. The Age of Discovery

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pp. 78-88

The change in the world position of Europe which has taken place during the last fifty years has inevitably caused a strong reaction against the spirit of nineteenth-century imperialism. The idea of empire has become identified with the oppression of subject peoples, and the whole colonial development is regarded as a form of economic exploitation. Yet the...

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8. The Fall of the Oriental Empires

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pp. 89-101

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the influence of Western culture began to penetrate the inner continental areas of Asia and Africa, and the historic oriental empires underwent a rapid decline. The first step in this process was the Europeanization of Russia, which had remained for centuries a kind of intermediate zone between Europe...

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9. The Rise of Oriental Nationalism

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pp. 102-115

The development of the nationalist movements in Asia and Africa is one of the most momentous features of the present period. During the last ten years it has changed the face of the world and altered the balance of world power. Its consequences affect not only the powers like Britain and France and the Netherlands, whose political and colonial interests are...

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10. Christianity and the Oriental Cultures

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pp. 116-130

At the end of the previous chapter I distinguished between the question of oriental nationalism and that of oriental culture. The two questions are apt to be confused, naturally enough under the present circumstances, when the conflict between East and West is always seen as an international political issue. But oriental nationalism is a very recent phenomenon, and from the historical point of view the great barrier between East and...

Index of Subjects

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pp. 131-140

Index of Names

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pp. 141-143

Production Notes

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pp. 144-167

E-ISBN-13: 9780813220086
E-ISBN-10: 0813220084
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813220079
Print-ISBN-10: 0813220076

Page Count: 166
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1
Series Title: The works of Christopher Dawson