The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas MurrayA controversial and devastatingly honest depiction of the demise of Europe.
The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Douglas Murray takes a step back and explores the deeper issues behind the continents possible demise, from an atmosphere of mass terror attacks and a global refugee crisis to the steady erosion of our freedoms. He addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkels U-turn on migration, and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away.
Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end. This sharp and incisive book ends up with two visions for a new Europe--one hopeful, one pessimistic--which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next. But perhaps Spengler was right: civilizations like humans are born, briefly flourish, decay, and die.
The Suicide of Europe
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
The book's title was inspired by George Dangerfield 's classic of political history The Strange Death of Liberal England , published in Murray explores two factors that explain why, in his view, European civilization as we have known it will not survive. The first is the combination of mass migration of new peoples into the continent together with Europe's negative birth rates. Sam Harris lauded the book as "wonderful". In The Daily Telegraph , Juliet Samuel summarised Murray's book by saying, "His overall thesis, that a guilt-driven and exhausted Europe is playing fast and loose with its precious modern values by embracing migration on such a scale, is hard to refute". Conversely, writing in The Guardian , the political journalist Gaby Hinsliff described Strange Death as "gentrified xenophobia" and "Chapter after chapter circles around the same repetitive themes: migrants raping and murdering and terrorising; paeans to Christianity; long polemics about how Europe is too 'exhausted by history' and colonial guilt to face another battle, and is thus letting itself be rolled over by invaders fiercely confident in their own beliefs", while also pointing out that Murray offers little definition of the European culture he claims is under threat.
On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. Murray puts forward two simultaneous causes. Murray surveys the history of migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments and how little serious public discussion has been permitted — even when, for example, the census revealed the enormous changes that have taken place, in London especially. He travels to Lampedusa and Greece to meet migrants and learn their stories. He traces the way new parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so determinedly ignored by mainstream parties.
G entrification comes for everything eventually. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone gave xenophobia the same treatment. Naked racism may still be unacceptable in polite society. I paraphrase, but barely. Murray never quite spells out why it matters so terribly that people should come here from abroad — what is supposedly so awful about black and brown Londoners, including second or third generation immigrants, or indeed white people born overseas. But this fearless scourge of political correctness seems oddly reluctant to pinpoint precisely why people coming from India, the Caribbean or eastern Europe was such a ghastly prospect. He has rather fewer inhibitions, however, regarding more recent immigrants from predominantly Muslim Middle Eastern countries.
Qty :. The Sunday Times number one bestseller The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society.
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People went where they wished and stayed as long as they pleased. For Zweig, freedom meant the Hapsburg empire, where people could live securely without needing any particular national identity. This was the world in which he grew up, and without it he was homeless. Three quarters of a century later, Douglas Murray also thinks Europe is destroying itself. Murray — associate editor of the Spectator and founder of the right-leaning Centre for Social Cohesion think tank — criticises liberals for denying or diminishing the problems that come with sudden large increases in immigration, when the migrants come from other cultures. But the real problem, he is convinced, is an influx of Muslims.