The Persistence of Order, Vol. II


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Edited by Christopher Dawson and T. F. Burns

The Persistence of Order, Vol. II

In 1931, preeminent historian and scholar Christopher Dawson commissioned a new series (titled Essays in Order), whose purpose was, in part, “to examine the possibilities of cooperation and of conflict that exist between the Catholic order and the new world.” The Persistence of Order comprises fourteen of those commissioned essays, published across three volumes. Volume II contains Dawson on “The Modern Dilemma”; Rudolf Allers on “The New Psychologies”; Michael de la Bédoyère on “The Drift of Democracy”; Nicholas Berdyaev on “The Russian Revolution”; and Gerald Vann, O.P., on “Being Human.” Each with its own distinctive style and approach, the essays speak to the essential elements of a right political order and a vibrant, virtuous society.

There is not the smallest event in human life and social history but possesses an eternal and spiritual significance.Christopher Dawson

Christopher Dawson (1889–1970) was a British Catholic historian and cultural scholar. A prolific, immensely influential author, he was also a lecturer and professor at numerous prestigious universities throughout Europe and the United States.

T. F. Burns (1906–1995) was a publisher and editor. Beginning in 1926 with the newly established Sheed and Ward, Burns went on to enjoy a distinguished, challenging career in Catholic publishing, receiving the Order of the British Empire in 1983.

Paperback: 362pp.

ISBN: 978-1950970308