CHRISTOPHER DAWSON (1889-1970) is recognized as one of the most important Catholic historians of the twentieth century, authoring numerous books, articles, and scholarly monographs. Dawson was lecturer in the History of Culture, University College, Exeter; Gifford lecturer; and Charles Chauncey Stillman Chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard University from 1958 to 1962.
"With a vision and flexibility not always apparent in cultural historians, Dawson dedicates the same ample scholarship and perceptive intelligence to the West's relations with non-Western peoples in a period of violent world-wide revolution. By doing so he deepens our understanding of the changes shaking the world and widens our vision of the tasks before us. . . . This study of the movement of ideas that made Europe enables Dawson to give a far deeper and more satisfying account of the West's impact on the outside world than is possible in the usual brisk history of Western colonialism and Eastern change."-New York Times Book Review