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The Unsettling of Europe: The Great Migration, 1945 to the Present

Peter Gatrell



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Allen Lane
03 September 2019
History; European history; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Social & cultural history; Migration, immigration & emigration; Population & demography
A striking characteristic of modern Europe has been the extreme fluidity of its populations. Whether through war, state policy or a spontaneous personal decision, millions of people have been on the move. Whether trying to escape danger or to find a better life, whether moving from the countryside to the city, or between countries, or from outside Europe altogether, migrants have stood at the heart of the continent's experience.

Peter Gatrell's powerful new book is the first which brings together all these stories into one place. He creates a compelling narrative bracketed by two nightmarish periods- the great convulsions that followed from the final defeat 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 (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 which makes the reader deeply aware of the many extraordinary journeys taken by countless individuals in pursuit of work, safety and dignity, all the time.
By:   Peter Gatrell
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 49mm
Weight:   868g
ISBN:   9780241290453
ISBN 10:   0241290457
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Gatrell is a renowned historian of modern migration and a 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.

Reviews for The Unsettling of Europe: The Great Migration, 1945 to the Present

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 * Peter Gatrell has produced a tour de force. With great sensitivity he follows the experiences of migrants as they encounter an often hostile and discriminatory environment in their new homes in Europe. This important and timely work on one of the most challenging issues in modern Europe deserves to be widely read. -- Ian Kershaw

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