Philipp Ther is professor of Central European history at the University of Vienna. His books include Europe since 1989: A History (Princeton), The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe, and Center Stage: Operatic Culture and Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe. He lives in Vienna.
This is a brilliant and important book that takes the current European refugee crisis as a point of departure for exploring the longer history of refugees to and from Europe. The Outsiders is highly original in its approach to contemporary history and exceptionally valuable in its historical treatment of the refugee phenomenon. -Larry Wolff, author of The Singing Turk Providing needed perspective on an issue that looms large on the global agenda, Philipp Ther's engaging book is the definitive historical account of the legal, demographic, and humanitarian aspects of refugee crises in Europe over the course of five hundred years. -Maria Todorova, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Philipp Ther has written a comprehensive and humane history essential for understanding what has become the most divisive issue in European and American politics today-the claims of the millions of refugees uprooted from their homelands and seeking sanctuary across borders. From the Spanish expulsions of 1492 to the crisis in Syria today, The Outsiders sheds light on why refugees fled and the contradictory policies with which they were greeted. -Charles S. Maier, author of Once within Borders: Territories of Power, Wealth, and Belonging since 1500 A stimulating and informative read. The Outsiders is probably the most complete story of population movements in Europe's modern era ever written. -John Connelly, author of From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965 Ther's book is indispensable reading for anybody interested in the history of flight and migration in Europe. It also confirms how important a longue duree approach is to understanding all the recent conflicts surrounding refugee politics. Once more, Ther has managed to write a Pan-European book, although the specter extends far beyond, across the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. -Wlodzimierz Borodziej, author of The Warsaw Uprising of 1944