The Last Days of Europe

The Last Days of Europe

Epitaph for An Old Continent

Book - 2007
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The historian-author of The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism assesses the dramatic demographic and cultural upheaval that is transforming twenty-first-century Europe, looking at the implications of uncontrolled immigration from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East that has led to an influx of foreigners with no desire to assimilate into European society but that take full advantage of the host nations' social benefits. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
• In Brussels in 2004, more than 55 percent of the children born were of immigrant parents
• Half of all female scientists in Germany are childless
• According to a poll in 2005, more than 40 percent of British Muslims said Jews were a legitimate target for terrorist attacks

What happens when a falling birthrate collides with uncontrolled immigration? The Last Days of Europe explores how a massive influx from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East has loaded Europe with a burgeoning population of immigrants, many of whom have no wish to be integrated into European societies but make full use of the host nations' generous free social services.
One of the master historians of twentieth-century Europe, Walter Laqueur is renowned for his "gold standard" studies of fascism, terrorism, and anti-Semitism. Here he describes how unplanned immigration policies and indifference coinciding with internal political and social crises have led to a continent-wide identity crisis. "Self-ghettoization" by immigrant groups has caused serious social and political divisions and intense resentment and xenophobia among native Europeans. Worse, widespread educational failure resulting in massive youth unemployment and religious or ideological disdain for the host country have bred extremist violence, as seen in the London and Madrid bombings and the Paris riots. Laqueur urges European policy makers to maintain strict controls with regard to the abuse of democratic freedoms by preachers of hate and to promote education, productive work, and integration among the new immigrants.
Written with deep concern and cool analysis by a European-born historian with a gift for explaining complex subjects, this lucid, unflinching analysis will be a must-read for anyone interested in international politics and the so-called clash of civilizations.

A lucid analysis, by a European-born master historian, of the demographic and cultural upheaval that is changing the face and character of Europe as we know it.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Description: x, 243 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780312368708
Branch Call Number: 940.56 Laq


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Jul 29, 2015

This probably would have rated a four or even four and a half stars had I read it in 2007 or 2008. Its a bit dated, but still well worthwhile.

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