The Strange Death of Europe

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The Strange Death of Europe
The Strange Death of Europe.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorDouglas Murray
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SubjectsPolitics, immigration, Islam
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
4 May 2017
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages352
ISBN978-1-4729-4224-1
OCLC1027567742

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam is a 2017 book by the British journalist and political commentator Douglas Murray. It was published in the United Kingdom in May 2017, and in June 2017 in the United States.

The book's title was inspired by George Dangerfield's classic of political history The Strange Death of Liberal England, published in 1935.

Thesis[edit]

Murray explores two factors that explain why 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 below replacement birth rates. The second is what Murray describes as "the fact that… at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions, and legitimacy".[1]

Reception[edit]

The Strange Death of Europe received a polarized reception among critics and commentators. Sam Harris was among those who gave the book a very positive reception, lauding Murray's book as "wonderful".[2] Writing in the National Review, Michael Brendan Dougherty praised it as "informed by actual reporting across the Continent, and a quality of writing that manages to be spritely and elegiac at the same time. Murray's is also a truly liberal intellect, in that he is free from the power that taboo exerts over the European problem, but he doesn't betray the slightest hint of atavism or meanspiritedness".[3] Rod Liddle of The Times called the book "a brilliant, important and profoundly depressing book".[4] 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".[5] Other commentators and writers who spoke positively of the book included Roger Scruton and Nick Cohen.[6]

Conversely, other reviews were highly negative. 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.[7] Pankaj Mishra's review in The New York Times described the book as "a handy digest of far-right clichés".[8] In The Intercept, Murtaza Hussain criticized the "relentlessly paranoid tenor" of Murray's work and said that its claims of mass crime perpetuated by immigrants were "blinkered to the point of being propaganda", while noting the book's appeal to the far right.[9] In Middle East Eye, Georgetown professor Ian Almond called the book "a staggeringly one-sided flow of statistics, interviews and examples, reflecting a clear decision to make the book a rhetorical claim that Europe is doomed to self-destruction".[10]

A more mixed review of the book in The Economist claimed it "hit on some unfortunate truths", but "shows an incomplete picture of Europe today." Furthermore, it said that "the book would benefit, however, from far more reporting" and claimed Murray often "lets fear trump analysis" and was "prone to exaggeration."[11]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Murray, Douglas (2017-05-04), The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Hardcover ed.), London: Bloomsbury Continuum, ISBN 978-1-4729-4224-1
    • Murray, Douglas (2018-06-14), The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Paperback ed.), London: Bloomsbury Continuum, ISBN 978-1-4729-5800-6 - added Murray's Afterword on pp. 321–337 at April 2018.
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-03-12), Der Selbstmord Europas: Immigration, Identität, Islam (in German), translated by Krisztina Koenen (EDITION TICHYS EINBLICK ed.), München: FinanzBuch Verlag, ISBN 978-3-95972-105-9
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-04-25), L'étrange suicide de l'Europe: Immigration, identité, Islam, TOUC.ESSAIS (in French), translated by Julien Funnaro, Paris: L'artilleur, ISBN 978-2-81000-825-4
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-11-15), La strana morte dell'Europa. Immigrazione, identità, Islam (in Italian), translated by Annamaria Biavasco e Valentina Guani, Vieenza: Neri Pozza Editore, ISBN 978-88-545-1701-1
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-12-14), Seiyō no jishi: Imin, Aidentitī, Isuramu (in Japanese), translated by Atsuo Machida, Takeshi Nakano (foreword), Tokyo: Toyo Keizai Inc., ISBN 978-4-492-44450-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, Elliott (12 July 2017). "The Strange Death of Europe". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Waking Up With Sam Harris #85 - Is this the End of Europe? (with Douglas Murray)".
  3. ^ Dougherty, Michael Brendan (30 May 2017). "The Manchester Attack and the Death of Europe". National Review. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Liddle, Rod (7 May 2017). "Books: The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ Samuel, Juliet (6 May 2017). "Yanis Varoufakis and Douglas Murray: why Europe is weary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-strange-death-of-europe-9781472942241/
  7. ^ Hinsliff, Gaby (6 May 2017). "The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray review – gentrified xenophobia". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (14 September 2017). "How the New Immigration Is Shaking Old Europe to Its Core". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  9. ^ Hussain, Murtaza (25 December 2018). "THE FAR RIGHT IS OBSESSED WITH A BOOK ABOUT MUSLIMS DESTROYING EUROPE. HERE'S WHAT IT GETS WRONG". The Intercept. Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  10. ^ Almond, Ian (11 August 2017). "Misrecognising the problem: Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe". Middle East Eye. Archived from the original on 12 November 2020. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Fearing the "suicide" of Europe". The Economist. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2018.

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