The Life and Times of Christopher Dawson


This essay is about how one man experienced the period of history in which he lived, from 1889 to 1970, a period of history that was full of dramatic changes. It is also about his life, his personality, his family, and his friends. This man was Christopher Dawson, a historian of culture, a philosopher of history, and a deeply religious man whose religion very much colored his writing and research but whose aim was to reach an audience as wide as possible and to stimulate his readers to deeper thought about history and life. As he once said to the artist David Jones, “It’s the kind of people who read the Daily Mirror I would like to be read by!” This was a telling comment as the Daily Mirror was the most popular working-class paper of the day.

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