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The Unsettling of Europe (inbunden)

The Unsettling of Europe

The Great Migration, 1945 to the Present

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Migrants have stood at the heart of modern Europe's experience, whether trying to escape danger, to find a better life or as a result of deliberate policy, whether moving from the countryside to the city, or between countries, or from outside the continent altogether. Peter Gatrell's powerful new book is the first to bring these stories together into one place. He creates a compelling narrative bracketed by two nightmarish periods: the great convulsions following the fall of the Third Reich and the mass attempts in the 2010s by migrants to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. The Unsettling of Europe is a new history of the continent, charting the ever-changing arguments about the desirability or otherwise of migrants and their central role in Europe's post-1945 prosperity. Gatrell is as fascinating on the giant movements of millions (such as the epic waves of German migration) to that of much smaller groups, such as the Karelians, Armenians, Moluccans or Ugandan Asians. Above all he has written a book that makes the reader deeply aware of the many extraordinary journeys taken by countless individuals in pursuit of work, safety and dignity, all the time. This is a landmark book on a subject that, decade by decade, will always haunt Europe.
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A superb new study. -- Isaac Chotiner * The New Yorker * Insightful and empathetic ... this is a volume to be celebrated -- Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE * Journal of Palestine Studies * A tour de force -- Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE * Economic History Review * Comprehensive and at times heartbreaking -- Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE * The European Review of History * Superb -- Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE * American Historical Review * Magisterial -- Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE * Journal of World History * With migration often characterized as a new and threatening 'crisis' in Europe, acclaimed historian Peter Gatrell recasts the history of postwar Europe as a history of migration. From the repatriation of forced laborers and prisoners at the end of World War Two to the recent arrival Syrian refugees, Europe, he shows, has always been about people on the move. This timely and must-read book offers valuable lessons from the past as well as new ways to understand just what is at stake in the debate over immigration today. -- Erika Lee, author of The Making of Asian America The Unsettling of Europe is an immense achievement. Gatrell places migration where it belongs - at the core of postwar European History. Refusing to confine himself to the well-worn territories of France, the United Kingdom and Germany, Gatrell explores migration in northern and southern Europe but also - particularly impressively - in the former Soviet Union. The topics range from the familiar - guestworkers in West Germany - to the novel - how migrants approach and understand death. The range and the quality of scholarship are magnificent. But more than that, this is an optimistic and deeply humane book, qualities found all too rarely in our time. -- Randall Hansen, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, University of Toronto Excellent ... an absorbing and highly readable narrative that ought to be required reading for anyone concerned with modern migration, and not just in Europe either. -- Richard Evans * BBC History * Timely and ambitious ... Gatrell [offers a] nuanced and sympathetic treatment of the variety of the immigrant experience - and its impact on European societies. -- Jonathan Portes * The Observer * Gatrell's historical long view provides a valuable reminder of what Europe went through after 1945 ... These now-distant events have every right to a place in the history books, and Gatrell has done us a service in chronicling them so engagingly. -- Paul Morland * Financial Times * The Unsettling of Europe is a positive and sympathetic book that seeks to rebalance the conversation. It is a bold, meticulously researched and frequently compelling account ... Readers are taken on a fascinating, albeit troubling journey through the moments and revolutions that shaped postwar Europe. -- Matthew Goodwin * The Sunday Times * Gatrell's eye for detail and sensitivity make this a compelling account that challenges the "us" and "them" framing into which much discussion of migration is forced. Its great strength is that it treats the emotional and cultural aspects of the subject with as much respect as the historical facts and figures. -- Daniel Trilling * The Guardian * In 21st-century Europe, when politicians equate 'migration' with 'crisis', Gatrell's calmly humanist history fills a large memory hole ... Surprisingly, I was left feeling optimistic - by Gatrell's informed vision of an unstoppably interconnected world, unsettled, not by migration but by inequality, yet full of possibilities, provided we have the courage to own our history. -- Kapka Kassabova * The Spectator * One of the major contributions of Peter Gatrell's meticulously researched and documented survey is to remind us of the levels of displacement and mobility that were routine and widespread across Europe in relatively recent times. [...] Gatrell's closely focused studies help us to see this

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Peter Gatrell is a renowned historian of modern migration and Professor of Economic History at the University of Manchester. He is the author of six previous books on migration history and modern European history, including The Making of the Modern Refugee and A Whole Empire Walking: Refugees in Russia during World War I. He lives in Manchester.