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

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  260 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2009)
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Paul Bryant


It’s the hottest of hot topics here in Britain and I thought I’d try to think about it more, but maybe now I wish I hadn’t. Whichever way you think about it, it doesn’t make you feel good.
Thinking about immigration is really hard if you’re a white leftish British person. But if you’re a white normal British person then it’s easy - what you think is :

1) leave the EU;
2) tear up all human rights agreements we may have signed up to;
3) stop all immigration now;
4) deport all
If you have time to spare and are interested about the impact Muslim immigrants are making on Europe, then read this book. I'll try my best to summarize what this book is about. Europe messed up big time with immigration after WWII. Most immigrants are Muslims, and they aren't adjusting very well to European culture. Both Europe and Muslims are at fault here. The book takes great detail in explaining the faults of both sides and the impact of Muslim immigration on Europe. I'm glad I live in the ...more
Mikey B.
This is a persuasive expose on immigration and the growth of Islam in Europe.

Historically Europe has been a source of out-migration – mostly to America. Only since the end of the Second World War after Western Europe stabilized and commenced re-building did it allow immigration from outside its periphery. These immigrants were foreign in terms of language and culture – particularly religion. Since the 1950’s Europe has become a secularized society removing it’s traditional Christianity, not only
Steve Kettmann
The more time you spend with Christopher Caldwell and his all-over-the-map musings on his conviction that we should all be afraid, very afraid, of the danger presented by each and every Muslim in the world, the more you start to wonder if he is not in fact playing some kind of Stephen Colbert angle here.

Like the great Colbert himself, Caldwell can drone through an extended passage of what sounds like serious analysis as he explores his thesis that godless Europeans basically have no shot against
I remember living in Europe in the 1990s and realizing for the first time that it had become home to waves of immigrants who had recently arrived from the former Eastern Bloc and around the world, and perhaps most noticeably from the Middle East. In my American education the focus had always been on Europe as a source of immigration, not a destination for it. While America had long been known as a melting pot, it was also a new world consisting of a vast and mostly empty continent that awaited t ...more
I read some of the other readers' comments on the book. Its interesting that the people who rated it with 4 or 5 stars didn't exactly get warm fuzzy notions from the information therein. But the people who said it wasn't a good book called the author a racist xenophobic liar. This book poses some real serious questions about how Islam will or won't integrate with The West. All his information is cited in the 30-plus pages of sources. I'd hope people who dismiss this book will take another look a ...more
Caldwell’s book has been one of the most interesting, well researched, thought provoking, and frightening books I have read in quite awhile. Besides commentating on the economic problems, the rise in crime because of Muslim immigration, and the threat of terrorism related to Muslim immigrants. Caldwell presents a moral and philosophical argument against immigration.
“When an insecure, malleable, relativistic culture meets a culture that is anchored, confident, and strengthened by common doctrin
Phillip W.
A brilliant, insightful and challenging analysis of the cultural upheaval in Europe that is coming about due to mass Muslim immigration, native demographic decline, a weakness of European will to be European, and the clash of civilizations.

The fact is that culture trumps politics, but an uncritically universally liberal political system can be a national suicide pact if one is not careful. The fact is this: Islam is a problem both in the lands Muslims immigrate to as well as in the lands they em
The American Conservative
'The British [had] a long-standing paradigm—that, give it time, we will win over these angry young boys from the deserts of Arabia with the wonderful stuff the West has: freedom, consumer durables, pornography, and Class A drugs. All this jihadi nonsense will stop when you see what we have to offer...
Not a moment’s thought was given to integration. We assumed that, coming here, they would find us and the way we lived our lives perfectly irresistible. We were wrong about that.
This is the starting
Jake Keyel
There should really be an option on Goodreads for "Couldn't finish because it was so bad". This poorly researched piece of garbage is not worth the paper it is printed on. I couldn't finish it. 100 pages in and I'd had my fill of unsubstantiated, anti-Islamic, anti-immigrant, and homophobic, rubbish. As a suggestion to the author: You CAN claim that 50 percent of inmates in a France's jails are Muslim. That might even be true. Furthermore, you CAN claim, as on page 63 that immigrants from Hungar ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Lauren added it
Not impressed. I came into this book looking for a more ethnographic perspective, where the voices of Europeans and Muslim immigrants made up the bulk of the research. Instead, that data is kept at arm's length. I have to agree with another GR reviewer that this book sounds like a bad undergraduate thesis, where the student tries too hard to tie everything together and ends up with one redundant sentence after another. Shallow; I learn more by reading the world news section of the newspaper ever ...more
Craig Moerer
as scholarly tomes go, this is almost a page-turner. Measured but fearlessly frank reportage on the collision between The West and the Islamic world
Frank Roberts
The definitive treatment of the subject. Sweeping and fair-minded.
Reflections on the revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West was a challenging book for me to read. It took a lot of effort to keep in mind that author Christopher Caldwell considers himself "instinctively pro-immigration" based his analysis of how mass immigration has shaped post-war Europe. Caldwell is essentially saying that based on overestimation of its long-term need for immigrant labor, European countries opened a Pandora's box through which masses of Muslim immigrants were a ...more
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Lots of interesting info but at times it's equally fascinating, depressing, and dull. Europe will change/ has changed no doubt due to Islam and immigration but immigration has been more like colonization. At times I wasn't quite sure what the writer's intent or opinion was. He basically explains how Europe got to be in its current position-they never thought the immigrants would stay, but then they gave them generous welfare benefits. The Europe we grew up reading about will soon be extinct. Aut ...more
Cladwell’s ideas and detailed research on the effects that late twentieth-century Muslim immigration has had on Europe is a well-conceived and, for any Westerner who reads it with an open mind, uncomfortable read about the inherent cultural schism which festers in this twenty-first century. He points out quite early that what has attracted and fostered belligerent Muslim identities in Europe are exactly those Western values which postwar Europe established – which the founders of modern Europe c ...more
Very well-researched, thought-provoking, and frankly frightening book on the future of Europe. WIll a Europe of declining native demographics and relativistic culture be able to assimilate the ever burgeoning Muslim immigration or will, as Princeton Islamic scholar Bernard Lewis suggests, Europe be a part of the Arabic west by the end of this century? Caldwell points out that for the past 1,400 years the West and Islam have been at odds; the only exception to that has been the period in the 20th ...more
Marcos Junior
In the last few decades, mass immigration, particularly of North African Muslims, has become a reality in Europe. Caldwell avoids taking a political position about the issue, focusing on analyzing the actual situation, and presenting perspectives for the future. There's no doubt that in a few decades Europe will be more Muslim than today, specially among youth. What are the implications of that? What will the European economy, political system, culture, be affeced? According to Caldwell, a revol ...more
The phenomenon of mass immigration waves (muslim followers in particular) into Europe and the attendant effects on culture, crime, demographics of Europe

While informative and entertaining to read, the book veers off into some strange territory that is very anti-islam (perhaps with good reason in some cases) and anti-immigration. I’m not sure the whole book cohered into a solid, sustained argument against mass immigration and it’s ill effects in Europe.

The book was interesting in its arguments ag
I don't know if I can/should rate this book. I didn't comprehend most of it as it was a subject I thought would be more interesting but it kind of wasn't. The book was very well written and the flow was great, which is why I want to rate it, but I was like so board flipping through it. I couldn't wait for it to be over. I like that it was very current as well. And if you are interested in this topic of immigration in Europe, especially Muslims and stuff, then I highly recommend this book. I like ...more
Approximately 1 out of 3 children born in Paris today is delivered to a Muslim mother. In Belgium, the fertility of Muslim women ins 2.5 times that of the native Belgian. In Austria, renowned demographers have estimated that the country will be Muslim majority in about 50 years. Is Islam really taking over Europe?

Seismic changes are about to happen to the European social landscape. If the future of the continent depends on its social cohesion, then the future is not a very pretty picture. Christ
Holly Foley (Procida)
At the beginning of this book I got the feeling that I was reading a college paper from a student that was assigned a 50 page paper and really only had 5 pages worth of real information to tell. But as the book progressed more specifics were brought into the discussion. I would say argument, but I didn't leave the book feeling as if a strong argument was ever made. I think a lot of the issues involving immigration in general, misulim intergration in Europe specifically were brought to light.
Dana Woodaman
The effects of mass migration to Europe of Muslims is certainly an important topic, and while the author makes some interesting points, I agree with the other posters that this goes off into some weird territory that I can't agree with at all. At many times the author seems to try and be balanced in once sentence, and throws it away in the next.
Don't know if I would tell anyone to read this, since I have such mixed feelings about it myself
Dan Schiff
starts off very tight, with a stark portrait of european islamification. as the book continues, caldwell's arguments start to get looser and he tends to reach conclusions based on singular incidents, speeches, writing examples, etc.

but overall, this is a scary and well-written look at how europe sacrificed shape its own identity in favor of post-WWII liberalism and, much to its chagrin, americanization.
Linda Heaney
Such a bleak book about how Islam is going to take over Europe, which is secular and feckless. Two anecdotes: 1) Men immigrate, become acculturated but get young bridges from home country; they don’t speak the language and raise their children as if in their home country; and 2) Islamic folks from differing parts of the world are coming together under the banner of Islam.
It is alright. This was my second time having to read through it for a class, and I think I enjoyed it less this time around. Caldwell gets his point across well enough, I just don't know that I agree with it. It is too big of a topic to really discuss. But, whatever. Always good to have broad perspectives.
Kate P.
An informative read about the changing social and political structures in Europe due to mass immigration following WWII to present. Some of this is welcomed and some unwelcomed. Caldwell states that Europe will have to make changes or adapt in order to maintain its traditions and national identities.
A must read. Well research, superbly written. Caldwell achieves a rare feat: taking out political bias from a highly politicized issue. A must read for anybody interested about the future of Europe and society in general.
Gayla Bassham
I have read one chapter of this book. I am not finishing it because as best I can tell, it continues to be an obnoxious, stomach-turning screed against not just Islam, but diversity in general, and I have better things to do with my time.
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