Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West

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by Christopher Caldwell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0385518269

ISBN-13: 9780385518260

Pub. Date: 07/28/2009

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Can you have the same Europe with different people in it? The answer, says Christopher Caldwell, is no.

Europe has undergone a demographic revolution it never expected. A half century of mass immigration has failed to produce anything resembling an American-style melting pot. By overestimating its need for immigrant labor and underestimating the

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Can you have the same Europe with different people in it? The answer, says Christopher Caldwell, is no.

Europe has undergone a demographic revolution it never expected. A half century of mass immigration has failed to produce anything resembling an American-style melting pot. By overestimating its need for immigrant labor and underestimating the culture-shaping potential of religion, Europe has trapped itself in a problem to which it has no obvious solution.

Christopher Caldwell has been reporting on the politics and culture of Islam in Europe for more than a decade. His deeply researched and insightful new book reveals a paradox. Since World War II, mass immigration has been made possible by Europe’s enforcement of secularism, tolerance, and equality. But when immigrants arrive, they are not required to adopt those values. And they are disinclined to, since they already have values of their own. Muslims dominate or nearly dominate important European cities, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Marseille, the Paris suburbs and East London. Islam has challenged the European way of life at every turn, becoming, in effect, an “adversary culture.”

The result? In Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, Caldwell reveals the anger of natives and newcomers alike. He describes guest worker programs that far outlasted their economic justifications, and asylum policies that have served illegal immigrants better than refugees. He exposes the strange ways in which welfare states interact with Third World customs, the anti-Americanism that brings European natives and Muslim newcomers together, and the arguments over women and sex that drive them apart. He considers the appeal of sharia, “resistance,” and jihad to a second generation that is more alienated from Europe than the first, and addresses a crisis of faith among native Europeans that leaves them with a weak hand as they confront the claims of newcomers.

As increasingly assertive immigrant populations shape the continent, Caldwell writes, the foundations of European culture and civilization are being challenged and replaced. Reflections on the Revolution in Europe is destined to become the classic work on how Muslim immigration permanently reshaped the West.
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ISBN-13:
9780385518260
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.38(d)

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Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
irish66 More than 1 year ago
I have a short list of books which I consider the most important, which I have read, during the past 25 years. They include Thomas Friedman's "The Lexus and the Olive Tree", Friedman's "The World is Flat", Paul Kennedy's "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers", and Ravi Batra's " The Great Depression of 1990" Ignore the title of Batra's book. It's substance is extraordinary. I have now added Caldwell's "Reflections on the Revolution in Europe". The prophetic nature of this book, substantiated by an incredible level of homework and detail, make this work a must read for the 21st century. It is not a typical, dry work, simply referencing other works on the same subject. His insights open one's mind to this demographically significant evolution and revolution dominating the European landscape.
1maxwell More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be fascinating. The facts and figures that Caldwell gives the reader are truly at times alarming and very much food for thought. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested how immigration influences society at large.
PubliusUSA More than 1 year ago
A superb book! Caldwell has the courage, backed by facts and analysis, to tell the truth about the effect of Islamic immigration on Europe. Caldwell's case, in summary: Muslims coming to tolerant, prosperous, law-abiding Europe to escape their intolerant, poor, violent societies bring the intolerance, poverty and violence that they sought to escape with them. The demographics are against Europe. The old societies of Europe have birthrates below replacement level for their populations. Europe will be majority Muslim by the end of the century, if the current trends continue. What Caldwell doesn't say but which will be in every American reader's mind is, "Can it happen here?"
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halmarita More than 1 year ago
what he has to say is scary and so very sad. Wake up folks.